Bedside Shift Reporting Essay

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Bedside Shift Reporting Jennifer J. Fay Indiana State University Bedside Shift Reporting In every profession there are changes that propel how tasks are done; nursing is no stranger to this. One of the biggest changes that have come into nursing’s daily events is how report hand-offs are being done. Gone are the days of taped report that each off going nurse must tape about each patient and the oncoming nurse must listen to. Nurses are now being encouraged to move their report to the bedside, in front of the patient (Trossman, 2007). It is very important to know how this can affect the patient and even the nurse’s schedule. With every change, there are positives and negatives that can finalize the decision to keep or forego…show more content…
At times, it can take up to an hour to see a patient when nurses use traditional reporting. In thinking of safety or even treatment of pain when it comes to patients, seeing a patient that soon may cut down on patient falls and increase satisfaction with care. In looking at another hospital’s experience, Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis was able to decrease their lag between shifts by 45 minutes (Trossman). The article also goes on to state that children’s families felt that “call lights were not being answered promptly, and couldn’t get the nurses attention if their child needed a pain pill or other care” (Trossman). During report time, the healthcare staff can be far more engrossed in that part of their day rather than the call lights or a patients needs hoping that the nurse’s aides could take care of the issue until report time is over. Having the nurse at the bedside far sooner could show patients and their families that the on-coming nurse is readily available. Bedside reporting doesn’t seem to be a new concept even though the research is fairly new. In an article from 1978, Pepper states “bedside report ensures better continuity of care by being more accurate and more complete than the conference report”. This is true in many ways, for example, how often are nurses in a rush to leave from a hectic day and forget about a dressing change or IV bags? If nurses are doing a bedside report rather than the traditional report they would
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