How long does report take? - page 3

How long does giving report take at other places? At my hospital, time stops while we take 1.5 hours giving report. Any ideas? How do we get other procedures done during this time?... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I get report on all the couplets/patients on birthing unit in 30 minutes. That is PLENTY of time to get the FACTS we need to know, IMO. I dont believe in fooling around in report. TOO MUCH TO DO.
  2. by   dawngloves
    Unless you are charge I've never seen a place where you heard report on everyone. Not Tele, Adult ICU or NICU and I 've done agency at several hospitals. Now if I was watching someones pts while they go to lunch I would get a 5 minute report, but I can't imagine hearing report on 30+ pts and expect to be able to keep track of that info.
  3. by   RNnites
    Thanks for the help. I think we probably spend too much time gossiping and using "report" as a way to avoid doing any work at the end and/or beginning of the shift. I will try to make constructive suggustions to my boss to fix the problem.
  4. by   sjoe
    4 or 5 minutes for 15 patients. What on earth are people talking about that would take 90 minutes? An MD visit wouldn't take nearly that long!

    A report is not a complete historical biography of each and every patient, including all possible scraps of gossip about her/him (and about the caregivers involved AND family members) but just the basic facts and most relevant changes since last report that are NOT already written elsewhere--boiled down and succinct!
    Last edit by sjoe on May 14, '03
  5. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by RNnites
    Thanks for the help. I think we probably spend too much time gossiping and using "report" as a way to avoid doing any work at the end and/or beginning of the shift. I will try to make constructive suggustions to my boss to fix the problem.
    Indeed. Get a bunch of women together and gossip runs rampant! I think 30 minutes is PLENTY regardless of what is happening on the unit.
  6. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by dawngloves
    Unless you are charge I've never seen a place where you heard report on everyone. Not Tele, Adult ICU or NICU and I 've done agency at several hospitals. Now if I was watching someones pts while they go to lunch I would get a 5 minute report, but I can't imagine hearing report on 30+ pts and expect to be able to keep track of that info.
    There is no charge where I work, so perhaps that is part of the reason why we all hear the entire unit report. It has been the same in all the places I have worked, though. Maybe it is more of a regional thing? Not sure.
  7. by   P_RN
    What we did was a written report handed over by the team leader to the entire oncoming team. All three teams got report at the same time in less than 10 minutes. The entire off going shift was available to catch call lights and bedpans for the 10 minutes. Almost always everyone got off at a reasonable time.

    The "old" shift would print up a census or tech sheet or whatever that had the name, dx and doc's name....we'd write in IV, surg & date, I&O etc, and make a copy for each oncoming member of a team of 10, and 1 copy for whoever was in charge.
    It would take maybe 5 minutes to write in 'cause you had your copy of the one you were given.

    Then any serious matters were taken to the bedside by the off going team leader and the oncoming team leader......serious meaning.....fresh post ops.....blood transfusions...epidural patients.....mainly to do a quick catch, but also to assure that the new nurse saw the patient right away.

    http://allnurses.com/forums/showthre...ghlight=report

    This is from a Sept. 2001 similar question.
  8. by   MandyInMS
    On our med/surg floor of 25-30 pts , we use taped report which takes from 30-45 minutes.We hear report on all pts, and then assignment is given based on accuity of care.I prefer getting report on all pts to have a basic knowledge of diagnosis ect.Many times Nurse A gets tied up with one pt for a long time and another of his/her pts needs something during that time.Good to have a general report on all pts to give good care to me.
    In ICU we give verbal report taking 15-20 minutes depending on severity of illnesses ect..this is more frustrating because of 'gossiping'..I'm ready to report and get the heck outta thereee...lol.
    On Geri-Psych takes maybe 10-15 minutes tops depending on pt load..also given verbally.
    A 1.5 hour report is unreallllllll...I know on med/surg at least, we are to begin report @ 6:30 and start our shift by 7:00....outgoing shift leaves at 7:00 reguardless if we are finished report or not..sooo we HAVE to be done by then, barring an emergency .Before we started taping report it took FOREVER on med/surg...usually wouldn't be able to leave until at least 30 minutes post shift end.Management got tired of payin all the extra OT and started the taped reports...lol
  9. by   fiona K
    I am researching how handovers are done.
    We currently do them at the nurses station but this has its problems and handovers are not consistent. Where do other wards do their handovers and is the content always consistent??
  10. by   fiona K
    General points. Where do people give report??
  11. by   niteshiftnurse
    Good grief.....an hour and a half??? With me, if I had the same patients and there wasn't any drastic changes during the nite, it only takes about 30 minutes. If I am getting report from the day nurse and I already know the patients, I tell them to give the the "high lites" because I already have the basics
  12. by   Zinnia
    We give a verbal report in the ICCU,using our bedside charting as a guideline so we don't forget anything. don't know how this will work when we go to computer charting...We keep worklists on paper..all of us. Takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on if the nurse is familiar with the patient.
  13. by   RN-PA
    Originally posted by fiona K
    General points. Where do people give report??
    We almost always try to go to a private place, somewhere quiet without distractions-- report is either already taped for the next shift, or we'll go with the nurse who is following us to give a verbal report in that area. There are sort of designated places for each team-- anywhere from a dictation room, to the "break" room, to a supply closet, to an unoccupied patient room. I rarely give report at the nurses' station, unless no other place is available, or if I'm reporting to 11-7 shift and need to show them extensive new orders on a chart.

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