report at the bedside is quite a new approach to patient-centered care, where the patients themselves, as well as their families, are more involved in their care. In contrast to the new approach, the traditional report given from the off-going nurse to the on-coming nurse, at the nursing station, often leaves the patient feeling uninformed, more anxious, and often even ignored. Some important information regarding patient plan of care are missed or changed during multiple reports. Giving shift report
the identified causes of many health problems, including timely and appropriate care, exacerbating existing conditions, and precipitating new ones. In addition to culturally appropriate education, interpreting is one of the approaches commonly used to help bridge the language gap for patients and practitioners. Interpreters are bilingual individuals that provide simultaneous interpretation between patients and medical care providers who do not share a common language (Finke, Light, & Kitko, 2008).
Information Traditionally nurses delivered clinical information about the patient, the clinical events on their shift and the plan of care to the oncoming shift to ensure continuity of care and to make sure that their colleagues were informed about tasks or instructions that needed to be completed by the next shift. This process had a variety of names; report, handover or handoff. The format was often different from unit to unit. It usually took place in an off stage room or office or at a charting station