How long does report take? - page 4

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   VickyRN
    15 minutes ideal. 30 minutes tops.
  2. by   moonshadeau
    We do what is called a "managed report" at the start of each shift. This is when everyone finds out who is in charge, what our color is for staffing (red,orange,yellow, green), if we have any students or orientees and whom they are with. The no codes, and the "heavies" with other folks may need to know to help with.


    Then we break off for our own individual reports. Every nurse coming on has their own tape recorded report on their patients. Kardexs in front of them, it is report by exception. For the most part report takes 10-15 minutes if done correctly. The aides are responsible for giving report to each other and the RN's are responsible for checking with the aides to make sure info is correct.

    90 minutes, I would be asleep by then. When do you have time to see your patients, eat, or take a bathroom break.

    Charge nurses get report on everyone? We are lucky if we get a report at all. I couldn't imagine everyone, but then, we take the same load patients as everyone else.
  3. by   mlolsonny
    I tape specifically to avoid the 45 minutes of chatter and gossip...
  4. by   Brownbetty
    In our Neonatal ICU it takes 15 to 30 minutes depending on acuity of patients...besides our little ones have a limited history
    Last edit by Brownbetty on May 16, '03
  5. by   bungies
    Yeah, our haematology/ stem cell transplant ward reports go for up to 1.5 hours. We do need to get report on everyone 'cos they're always pretty unwell, and need to know what's going on and who's about to crash. Every now and then we try to cut time by leaving out some of the less vital stuff, however the next shift then asks a heap of questions, so it's quicker to just include everything...

    I think a VERY brief outline on everyone and then a mpre detailed mano-a-mano handover would be more appropriate, myself, but other people want to get a full report, so it doesn't seem to change...

    Kathy
  6. by   NancyRN
    The best place I ever worked had computer printouts with all pertinent information. There was no report. I was able to get to work as soon as I arrived.
  7. by   blue280
    We have a combination of wriiten report and Kardexes. There is a overlap of 30 minutes between shifts so if there are questions the oncoming shift can ask rn's in charge of their pts. On weekends we tend to do more verbal reports because there isn't time to fill our wriiten reports but then when it comes to Sunday the night shift has to write all wriiten reports because Monday day shift is notorious for NOT wanting any verbal reports! I wish there was a perfect system!
  8. by   Whisper
    I have been on placements in many different areas, but in the majority of my placements handover is about minutes, on a 20-30 bed ward.
    I haver never encountered taped handovers, they are usually all done face to face,a lthough some places have kardexes or pre printed reports.

    The longest handover, was about an hour and half:
    Private surgical ward, very posh, nurses got handover at the station, 30 minutes, the walked in to each patients room, and greeted them, while the leaving shift said good bye (why?) and then the sister would walk the corridor with the nurse comming on duty, to address any concerns before the sister left, and on a really bad day matron would come around as well!

    I will admit that by the end of that placment I understand the tradition of hiding in the sluice away from matron!

    Shortest handover:
    "they all slept well, no changes"

    not even a minutemy first early shift on a new placement, and that is all the night shift said and then left! not very helpful at all. I learnt my lesson, and now always try to start a new placement on a late or a night as you seem to get a better handover.
    Last edit by Whisper on May 21, '03
  9. by   er_nurse_tracey
    My goodness! ..... 1 1/2hrs. 25-35mins max. here

    Tracey
  10. by   MicheleRN2000
    I work on a 25 bed general medicine unit. Like all others, report usually only takes 20 minutes...longer if we have to calls from lab, send pts to xray, etc...talking to families (ugh!!), and things like that. There's on nurse that wants "just the facts" if you will, and it takes 10 minutes with here. I work nights, and by 0700, you're ready to go! We have some people that jaunt off the elevator at 0659, race to clock in, then take their good old time getting their papers ready, eating breakfast, etc. I just tell the RN I'm ready and the LPN can catch up. I don't have time for that crap! We give report outside the pt's room so the oncoming shift can look at the Kardex and stuff. I don't like it because the pt can hear every word you say, then come back on you later. It's also an issue of pt confidentiality. But, our nurse manager is a relic, and a witch. Families also like to listen in to hear what you're saying about their precious, usually PIA, mother. We've tried doing stuff, but it goes in one ear and out the other, as usual!!!
  11. by   boggle
    Charge nurse hears report on hte whole floor here. That takes 45 min more or less. Staff nurses take report on their assigned patients from the nurses that had the past shift.

    The staff nurses report can take 10 minutes or 30 depending on how many times we are inturrupted by patient needs, or on how organized or frazzled the off-going nurse is and whether I had the same patients the day before.

    I often struggle with GIVING report. I try to be organized, but often am myself so frazzled, overwhelmed by the end of shift that I can't organize my "presentation" of report. There is so much happening on our floor at the end of shift....way too much information swimming in my head.
  12. by   Sjackson983
    In our CCU it takes approx. 5 minutes per patient. We normally have one or two patients, at the most three. We do a bedside report. We have a timeline sheet on the chart with a short H & P, diagnosis, MD's and what has happened since the patient has been hospitalized. This way, the nurse taking report doesn't have to write everything down (this saves alot of time).
  13. by   candicane
    At the facilty I work at we have taped reports, but they have just instituted a policy that only RN's go to report which takes 30-45min then they have to find time to give report to the LPN they are working with. The idea is that the LPN can go ahead and start checking vitals and things to save time, but when its busy half the shift is over before you actually get report. The other problem is that pts expect their nurses to know something about them so there is a lot of "I don't know I will have to go find out" when a pt asks a question.

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