Both the hospital I recently left and my new hospital require q2h checks on patients and documentation. The new hospital however, does something I really like. After change of shift report - when we're coming on, we accompany the Nurse going off into each of our patients rooms. She tells the pt. she's leaving and introduces the new Nurse coming on, gives us a chance to not only check on our pt's condition, but also look at the condition of the room, IV tubing dates, etc.
I'm not sure if many hospitals do this, but think it's a great policy - that way, you don't get any surprises once the other shift has left. There's nothing like getting report - told everythings great, then finding out your pt's IV tubing should have been changed 2 days before, fluids ran out, pt's in pain or laying in a wet bed, bedside commode hasn't been emptied, etc. This way, by going in the room together, if you find something hasn't been done - the other Nurse takes care of it before she leaves, instead of leaving you with problems (saves a lot of time).