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Examination of current handover practice: evidence to support changing the ritual

Kerr, Debra, Lu, Sai, McKinlay, Louise and Fuller, Christine 2011, Examination of current handover practice: evidence to support changing the ritual, International journal of nursing practice, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 342-350, doi: 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01947.x.

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Title Examination of current handover practice: evidence to support changing the ritual
Author(s) Kerr, DebraORCID iD for Kerr, Debra orcid.org/0000-0002-2956-2432
Lu, Sai
McKinlay, Louise
Fuller, Christine
Journal name International journal of nursing practice
Volume number 17
Issue number 4
Start page 342
End page 350
Total pages 9
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Milton, Qld.
Publication date 2011-08
ISSN 1322-7114
1440-172X
Keyword(s) handover
nursing
organization
ritual
survey
Summary Examining systems of nursing handover provides the opportunity to identify areas in need of improvement and modification. The aim of this study was to describe nursing handover practices for one organization and explore clinical nurses' opinions regarding the quality of the current shift-to-shift handover style. One hundred and fifty-three registered nurses employed in 23 wards in an acute tertiary hospital in Australia completed a survey. The survey collected information about demographic data, current methods and preferences for style of handover and opinions about the quality of nursing handover. This study found that existing handover practice is time-consuming, lacks patient involvement and essential information, and is varied in style. Only one ward (4.3%) conducted handover at the bedside. The majority (82%) expressed reluctance to change their current handover style. Modification of existing nursing handover is needed but might be challenging in view of the reluctance to change this ritual.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.1440-172X.2011.01947.x
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
1110 Nursing
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2011, Blackwell Publishing Asia
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30089867

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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