Mar 16, 2012
Med/Surg Moves to Report at the Bedside
I invited Pam Moore to share a new procedure with you and provide some background on why the decision improves the patient experience.
Pam Moore, BSN, RN, Assistant Director Med/Surg
The Evidence Based Practice; Bedside Report at shift change is distinctive to the nursing profession. The nurse to nurse beside report is described as a plan that includes the patient in the reporting process and is a new alternative to the traditional shift report.
Bedside reporting is also an excellent way to build employee teamwork, ownership and accountability. During this report, nurses transfer critical information to promote patient safety. This process includes actual patient visualization, two patient identifiers, allergies, skin assessment, pain management, patient collaboration in their plan of care and more.
When the reporting is finished, nurses feel they are aware of the issue their patients are experiencing, which enables them to plan and prioritize nursing interventions. Bedside reporting meets the communication needs of both the nurse and patient giving us a win-win situation for all.