I work on a 32 bed telemetry unit. Up until November we were general medical/surgical. Now 16 of our beds are for cardiac monitoring. We also changed from recorded reports to verbal reports at the beginning of our shift. It is taking me on average 45-60 minutes to receive report from the 4-6 nurses that I need. The quality of the report is SO much worse than when it was recorded. I kind of feel like if it wasn't broke don't fix it.
Management wants us not only to do verbal reports, but also go in to each room with the oncoming nurse and do report at the bedside. By the time I find all of the nurses, wait in line for her to give report to me, and go into each room to do report my 1830 shift doesn't actually get started until ATLEAST 1945...and that's not including getting pertinent information off the electronic charts.
Does anyone have any suggestions on how to organize this process? It's taking too much time, we are all frustrated, and any suggestion would be very appreciated! thanks in advance!