Nursing handover : it's time for a change

O`Connell, Beverly, MacDonald, Kate and Kelly, Cherene 2008, Nursing handover : it's time for a change, Contemporary nurse : health care across the lifespan, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 2-11.

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Title Nursing handover : it's time for a change
Author(s) O`Connell, Beverly
MacDonald, Kate
Kelly, Cherene
Journal name Contemporary nurse : health care across the lifespan
Volume number 30
Issue number 1
Start page 2
End page 11
Publisher EContent Management Pty Ltd
Place of publication Australia
Publication date 2008-08
ISSN 1037-6178
Keyword(s) nursing
patient safety
patient care
acute care
Summary Nursing handover is a common part of nursing practice that is fundamental to safe patient care. Despite this, the literature provides little direction on the best way to conduct handover. This project aimed to examine nurses' perceptions of handover and to determine the strengths and limitations of the handover process. A staff survey was distributed to nurses in all inpatient wards at a metropolitan tertiary hospital. A total of 176 nurses responded to the staff survey. The findings revealed conflicting opinions about the effectiveness of the handover process; although a number of nurses were positive about current handover practice, indicating they were provided with sufficient information about patients and given opportunity to clarify patient care information, other nurses identified aspects of handover that could be improved. These included: the subjectivity of handover information, the time taken to conduct handover, repetition of information that could be found in the patients' care plans, and handing over of information by a nurse who has not cared for the patient. Some attention needs to given to addressing the perceived weaknesses associated with the handover process.
Language eng
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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