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Do nurse practioners round with doctors?

My title is my question. Do nurse practioners round with physiciana in the morning and check on patients?


Has 5 years experience. Specializes in Cardiac Cath Lab.

Some do, some don't. Depends on the setting. More so with inpatient.

Pangea Reunited, ASN, RN

Has 6 years experience.

From what I've seen, it's usually one or the other- not both.

Some do -- and some round by themselves, instead of a physician rounding.

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Has 14 years experience. Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych.

Moved to the Nurse Practitioners forum.


Has 3 years experience.

Most of ours split up the list then Dr. will sign off on patients the NP saw. I almost never see them together.


Has 10 years experience. Specializes in Internal Medicine.

In the inpatient setting it's more common. More specifically, if you are employed by the facility proper, you will commonly round with the physicians as they come in since you likely have seen the patients earlier and can give them a better idea of what's going on. If you work for a physician as part of their practice but do inpatient rounding, its probably less common.

I am employed by a hospital and work with all the cardiologists that work in the hospital. My day typically consists of rounding on the patients myself fairly early and dictating my notes. When one of the cardiologists shows up, I'll round with them on the patients we share, giving them a heads up on what's going on. I'm basically there to streamline the process for them, conveniently give orders so the cardios are interrupted during procedures, and I drastically improve patient flow. For my side job that I have with an internal medicine physician, I almost never round with him since we have different hours, and he typically will show up well after I rounded.


Has 1 years experience. Specializes in CVICU.

I work in a CVICU and the NP's round with the intensivists almost always. However, the surgical NP's do not usually round with the interventional cardiologists/CV surgeons. They do that solo.

traumaRUs, MSN, APRN, CNS

Has 27 years experience. Specializes in Nephrology, Cardiology, ER, ICU.

When I'm in the hospital, we (nephrologists) and I split the pts up and I see the dialysis pts and he sees some other pts and then sometimes we round together if we have something interesting - otherwise we kinda go our separate ways.

Jules A, MSN

Specializes in Family Nurse Practitioner.

I don't ever. I have admitting privileges, carry my own patient load and round independently.

Some of the surgeons round with the PA's/NP's who work in their specialty fairly often. They seem to see everyone equally not just the more complex cases.

Also, the surgeons who round with them the most are:

The most experienced (30+yrs) as well as being one of the oldest (60+yrs old) surgeons AND the least experienced (2 yrs) and probably the youngest of the surgeons (35ish yrs old.) I find that interesting.

At my hospital, the hematology primary teams consist of physicians and nurse practitioners and/or physician assistants. They usually round together, except on the weekends. I usually never see the medical-oncology teams round together; they tend to see the patients individually, i.e., only the MD or only the NP or PA.


Specializes in Surgery.

I occasionally round with the surgeon– If we both happen to be there at the same time but typically we round separately and discuss the patients together afterwards.


Has 54 years experience. Specializes in Adult ICU/PICU/NICU.

The NNPs in the NICU always rounded with the docs (in a large teaching hospital). Residents and interns come and go of course, but the NNPs are there year after year. All were experienced NICU nurses before training to be NNPs and did as much teaching of the residents and interns as the neonatologists did. I was extremely happy to have my kiddo covered by an NNP....ESPECIALLY in the month of July. With July just around the corner....I'm very happy to be retired!


Has 9 years experience. Specializes in Adult Internal Medicine.

As above, I round independently.


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