Institutional Affiliations : Bedside Shift Reporting

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Institutional Affiliations Bedside Shift Reporting Introduction The shift report is an integral component of patient care due to the fact that it advances patient safety and maintains continuity of care. Shift reporting promotes best practices through communication among nursing staff, therefore, promoting professional socialization. Furthermore, shift report influences staff retention and quality of patient care by improving informational, social and organizational functions. The expertise and knowledge in shift reporting can be used to promote interdependence and teamwork. When compared to traditional reporting, bedside shift reporting has such advantages as enhancing time management, social interaction, peer support and procedural training. Shift reports taken and given at the bedside benefit patients as well. Many patients have expressed improved satisfaction and nursing accountability with bedside shift reports. For instance, an orthopedic unit manager, who dropped the traditional staffroom reporting and handover and replaced it with a patient-led system, reported increased patient satisfaction because her patients felt that they were in control. Research and findings In the case of Sharp Grossmont Hospital in San Diego, many nurses on the progressive care unit were frustrated with the lack of communication during shift reporting. Outgoing nurses were working overtime because it took an average of 40 minutes to review patient information with the nurse taking over

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