Rounds are monthly, hour-long interdisciplinary forums at Boston Children's Hospital, where nursing and interdisciplinary staff discuss strategies for navigating the tensions of every day professional practice, particularly as they relate to the ethical and moral underpinnings of their work.

PERCS Rounds

Conversations and interactions with patients, families, colleagues, and staff are often challenging and complex. Rounds are intended for clinical staff to share difficult or challenging experiences with each other in a supportive environment, and to learn practical and helpful tools for their every day practice.  The rounds are guided by IPEP psycho-social and family faculty, nursing unit champions and leaders, as well as ethics experts.  Nursing unit champions determine the topics each month that will be covered at the rounds.  The pedagogy of rounds is based on IPEP's Program to Enhance Relational Communication Skills (PERCS).

PERCS Rounds topics typically cover real-time issues surrounding moral resiliency, difficult conversations with patients and team members, ethical dilemmas, patient safety, patient-family experience, and self-care.  At the end of each rounds, debriefing takes place for the group to suggest ideas for problem solving, learning to access appropriate resources, or to further explore of the topic through researched articles.

Participating Departments

Cardiovascular and Critical Care Program:

  • When: Every 3rd Wednesday
  • Location: Rotating Units

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit:

  • When: Every 4th Friday
  • Location: Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

Who Should Attend?

Rounds sessions are only open to BCH Employees

  • Nurses
  • Physicians
  • Social workers
  • Psychologists
  • Clinical Ethicists
  • Chaplains
  • Child Life Specialists
  • Medical Interpreters
  • Administrative Support

Continuing Education

CNE and Social Work credits are available.


Unit Champions work alongside these listed IPEP Faculty to come up with a topic that will be the most meaningful to their unit. 

For more information

Relevant Articles

"PERCS Rounds: A Clinical Ethicist’s Reflections from the “One-Room Schoolhouse” by Kerri Kennedy MA, RN, clinical ethicist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

"Navigating Communication Challenges in Clinical Practice: A New Approach to Team Education"  by  Christine M. Rachwal, MSN, RN, CCRN et al



Anderson Lamberto
Workshop and Rounds Coordinator

Participant Quotes

“I appreciated hearing about ways to meet families where they are coming from rather than utilize a prescribed plan for interventions.”

“Have support of your team, know when to ask for help and escalate concerns if necessarily in order to provide safe and effective care for the patient”

"I have been a critical care nurse for 22 years. I have had the opportunity to participate in many educational opportunities at Boston Children's Hospital during my career. The impact of the PERCS class is one that I have not experienced to this level before. The class really honed in on key aspects of communication, specifically transparency. This truly spoke to me in how it applies to patients and families in the critical care setting and the struggle to protect them while giving painful information. I also loved the aspect of incorporating the interdisciplinary team into communication with families. It reinforced my basic communication knowledge and will definitely impact my practice. I think that this PERCS class should be mandatory for all nursing, medical and surgical caregivers. It will only improve our experience with families!"   Meena LaRonde, RN, MSN, CCRN