Originally posted by TNRN
I'm having trouble with change of shift reporting. Sometimes I feel like I'm giving too much info, and other times I feel as if I'm forgetting something important. I also find it difficult to organize and prioritize all the information that I need to give in report. Anyone have any tips?
It took me some time to be able to give report and feel good about it....lol.........like you, I felt like I was giving too much info, lol, my relief would be like yawning, lolllllll, but I didn't want to forget anything.....so now on my census sheet, I write down all pertinent info and use that as a guideline. Remember to report any out of ordinary incidences and not sweat the routine stuff. I would be like, "her fingerstick was 97 at 4pm, say the VS's etc", and one day a coworker called me aside and said, 'just stick to important stuff"........they can always look for fs's etc......
It's not easy though, but after awhile you get the hang of it. I learned alot from when others gave me report, it made me realize what was important and what isn't.......lol, I even had my time when I was saying to myself, "who cares, get to stuff that matters"........lol........had to laugh at that one
Alot depends on where you work, if you are on a med/surg unit, in a LTCF etc........If it's ltc, where we have 30pts, I'm like, nothing new with mr.x, same for next one and next one, then say, mrs. p, ABT/UTI, voiding well, enc. increased fluids, monitor I&O, mr. x is on comfort measures, morphine for pain, t&p q2hrs, and so on.....in hosp settings,
I report anything out of the ordinary for each patient. I usually start with "pt#1, their admitting dx, LOC, if they are on o2, if they have an IV(what's running, rate etc), other lines, g-tubes/ng tubes, dressings, if they are going for any tests on next shift etc........
Stuff like that, but still learning too, so I'd like to hear from others.