Bed Side Report - page 2

So I am an RN student and the hospital I am doing clinicals at has now started to do bedside report. May of the RN staff complain about this change. Is it best to do bedside rounding or not? Have... Read More

  1. by   turnforthenurse
    We started doing bedside reports awhile ago but no one ever really complies unless management or "the higher ups" are around. Before our Joint Commission visit, everyone made sure they did report at the bedside...after we passed, no one really does it anymore.

    It has its ups and downs. The good thing is the oncoming nurse can do a quick eyeball of the patient and you can check IV medications (especially if it's something like dopamine or cardizem or something titratable), or to look at a dressing with both nurses so that they are the on same page regarding assessment. I do not like doing report at the bedside at 0645 because most patients are still sleeping and if I were a patient, I would be pretty upset if you were waking me up at that time. Bedside reporting also takes longer because I feel it is always interrupted with random requests...seems like management is okay with paying everybody overtime.
  2. by   anotherone
    i hate it and try to avoid doing it . enforecement varies. i have done it and just given report like i usually would. if i say something pt doesnt know , oh well. it was done allegedly to increase pt satisfaction and awareness of what is going on. sad. I have always come on and told pt , "you are on clears today , bowel prep tomorrow night and possible colonoscopy and egd tomorrow". sometimes pts have had no idea. i blame the drs. they should be telling pts what the potential plan is first. not nursing .
  3. by   nurseladybug12
    We are supposed to do bedside report, but we do report outside the room on everyone then we take a walk in to see everyone,introduce them to the new RN, show them their IV,wounds, etc. let them get a quick look to see if we had forgotten to mention anything etc.
  4. by   monkeybug
    In a labor unit, you end up doing 2 reports. Very, very time consuming.

    The report the patient hears: This is Ms. So-and-So. She's a G1P0, patient of Dr. X in for an elective induction. Her cervix is 4/80/-1, and her Pitocin is at 20 mu/minute. She has an epidural and a Foley, plans to bottle feed, and is having a girl. Her pediatrician will be Dr. Y.

    What they don't hear, that we do in private: Ms. So-and-So is in room 1, she's a G1P0, Dr. X in for induction with a diagnosis of TOBP (tired of being pregnant). She screamed and cussed half the morning and so she got her epidural at 1 cm. She's 4/80/-1 now and maxed out on Pit. She's got a Foley. She's refusing to breastfeed because she says it's "gross." She's having a girl. There are two men in the room. Neither is the FOB, don't even go there. She's got herpes, but neither one of these men know, so for sure don't go there. No, I don't know who either one is, but they both stay in the room for vag exams. Her mom is a total pain in the bum, keeps demanding soft drinks. She knows it's against policy, so don't let her fool you. They've threatened to sue us all a couple of times, especially because she had to wait 10 minutes for anesthesia to come in for her epidural. Have a great day, sunshine, I am DONE with her!
  5. by   redhead_NURSE98!
    I do not like bedside report, for the reasons that Commuter stated. The patients or their family interrupt constantly, you're trying to give history and they're like "What's that? I don't have that. Oh yeah I did 10 years ago but I don't have it anymore." (Yeah that's why it's called a HISTORY!!!) And in a couple months we're going to have detailed white boards in the room that we're supposed to fill out WHILE TAKING BEDSIDE REPORT. So let's see, they're on a regular diet. Let me write it on my hard copy. Now, let me put down my binder and write it on the white board. Okay, they're going for an EGD today. Let me write that down, now I'll put my binder back down (on nasty room surfaces) and write "EGD" under the "Today's procedures/surgeries" blank. RIDICULOUS.
  6. by   Meriwhen
    Quote from nurseladybug12
    We are supposed to do bedside report, but we do report outside the room on everyone then we take a walk in to see everyone,introduce them to the new RN, show them their IV,wounds, etc. let them get a quick look to see if we had forgotten to mention anything etc.
    Now THIS I can see working in psych: discuss the nitty-gritty out of earshot of the patient, then bring the oncoming nurse in for an intro, look-see, update and to address any issues.

    Since I always make rounds at the start of my shift to introduce myself to the patients and check on pressing concerns, to do this wouldn't really be any excess time least for me anyway. I may just have to do it a little earlier, that's all.
    Last edit by Meriwhen on Feb 15, '13
  7. by   Morainey
    Ours has been mandatory for a while now, but not many RNs do it the way they want us to - with pulling up two chairs at the head of the bed, involving all the family members in the healthcare team, and answering all questions/comments/concerns.

    Previous posters have listed a lot of reasons why - patient requests (not questions - I'm happy to answer questions, I mean things like "I want a blueberry muffin for breakfast today"), coworker tardiness, and so on. I've found, as a compromise, that giving a detailed report in private is best. You can include details like, he likes his pain medication to be offered but he won't ever ask for it, the wife is demanding and rude, etc. THEN, we go say hello to the patient and give a CURSORY exam. For example, look at this dressing, see the drainage on it? I had to reinforce the IV dressing last night, but it looks ok now, check it out. And so on.
  8. by   rockstar11
    Quote from Meriwhen
    I thank God every day that bedside reporting will never come to my setting. Not just because of the potential running amok of HIPAA, but because bedside reporting just wouldn't work in psych settings. Imagine how it talking about a patient's delusions in front of said delusional patient, giving report in front of a paranoid patient, talking about the drug-seeking behaviors of the ETOH admission, or discussing a borderline personality diagnosis in a patient who is in denial about it or worse--hasn't even been told about the diagnosis yet.
    Some stuff is just NOT appropriate to be said at the bedside. Like, x patient has been hallucinating all night; other patient overdosed and we don't know on what, it's a guess, his pain is uncontrolled and the doctors won't do anything. Patient z is actively dying, family at bedside and wishes pt to remain a full code. I understand the benefit of bedside reporting [for safety reasons - what offcoming nurse is telling me is consistent with what I am seeing], but this 100% everything all the time bedside report is not wise, it's just a blanket rule for their hopes of raising patient satisfaction.
  9. by   CelticGoddess
    The facility I work at also has bedside reporting. And hourly rounding. The bedside report gets the first round out of the way and gives us time to get other stuff together. Half the time, we do report right outside the patients room (each room has a cubby like area right outside the door) and then pop our heads in and say "Hi, I'm CG, your nurse for the night, blah blah blah". Report sometimes takes 30minutes. It's crazy so getting the round in at the same time helps.