Quote from ntysesf
the hospital I work at just started doing this, and I highly disagree with it! I think it violates HIPPA,
as another noted, one needn't be overly concerned about others incidentally overhearing patient information.
how much time it takes depends on how it's done
and in a large way offesive to me as an RN. What our hospital says, is that the off going nurse is to introduce the oncoming nurse to the patient, we are also to point out where the IVs are, dressings and foleys! Now I dont know about others, but in my first year of nursing we learned to introduce ourselves to our patients, and any nurse who is handing out meds and not introducing themselves should be ashamed. Next unless you are an a floor that your patient has mulitple lines with meds that are being titrated, I dont need anyone to show me where my IVs are or where my foley is! I know my time could be spent doing a lot more than introducing a nurse to the patient that has a name tag on!!!
How many times have you gotten report that didn't mention the patient had a foley when they did or vice versa? Have you ever only later discovered that the off-going nurse forgot the mention that, by the way, the patient is missing their left foot? Or that the patient is doing fine but when you look in on them, they look like hell? Or some other incorrect or missed information? If you're both right there looking at the patient, certain things can be better clarified.
Finally, if the off-going nurse introduces the oncoming nurse, the patient is assured that you two have actually talked to each other and you, as the off-going nurse, know that the patient has some idea of who is taking over your care. While you have no control over what happens after you leave, if the following nurse isn't as attentive as you were, the patient won't be wondering if you had had a chance to review their situation with the oncoming nurse. The patient won't have to wonder if the oncoming nurse already knows important info like that they're a vegetarian or that they have a test scheduled for 9a. Of course, the oncoming nurse should know these things, but it can be reassuring for the patients.