We do bedside report at my hospital...and we have COW's so the day & night RN's are both reviewing the chart during report to make sure things aren't missed (but of course sometimes things still get missed...). Sometimes I'm not done getting report until 1945! It just depends on how the assignments are made...some days they are ready to go and other days the assignments aren't made until 1915...it can be really disorganized.
But anyway, I digress. I don't really like bedside reporting; however, the nice thing about it is that while I am in there I can already make a mental note on how my patient is doing and it helps me prioritize. Once I am finished getting report I jump on the computer and quickly review meds and make a list of what is due and when, then I go in and do my assessments, starting with the least stable patient first. If I'm running behind, I will go ahead and pull my meds and do my assessment and then give the meds, instead of having to do the assessment, run out and get the meds, go back in and administer them, etc. I chart my meds the moment I give them, but as far as assessments go, I usually don't get to chart that stuff until 2200-2300 (and by 2300 it's already time for another assessment). It just depends on the night, but I'm usually running around until then.
And I think new admits at shift change should be illegal