What Do You Want To Hear When Receiving Report? - page 5

When signing off duty and giving report about my assignment to oncoming staff, I usually advise of what I did for the patient during my shift (ie...Meds, dressing's, any treatments or pre-op prep),... Read More

  1. by   boggle
    I really appreciate the ideas and guidelines for report that you have shared here.

    I am finding it hard to keep organized when I report off. The shifts have been more and more busy, to the point where my brain is spinning by the time I sit down to give report. (maybe I should just stay standing )

    I float, and am part time, and almost never have a patient two days in a row. I feel behind from the minute I arrive and never catch up.

    An organized report with the PERTINENT details from the off-going nurse is SO helpful. I strive to give the same quality report when I go off, but.........

    oh, for a few minutes to collect my thoughts...........
  2. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    I work peds ICU. We have a set format for report that follows a system review model. 60% of our pts are post-CV surgery and are usually only with us a few days, so a brief PMHx is included at the beginning... age, wt., date and reason for admission (ie defect(s) and procedures performed) and any contributing info, such as ex-prem, Down's and such. Then we go head to toe. Any meds given for problems related to each system are included in that section of the report. Significant events such as hypotensive episodes and volumes for fluid resus, dysrhythmias and their tx, bleeding, etc are included. At the end both nurses review only new orders from the shift just ending and ensure that they are double signed on the Kardex. It rarely takes more than 10-15 minutes to give a complete report. I tend to be one who gives more information rather than less; I read all the consults and diagnostic reports and like to pass on pertinent info gleaned from them.

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