Everyone has an opinion on the best way to give report, and opinions on what not to do. I like to believe that most of the time I do a good job. There are days where things just do not flow well, and I do not win report giving awards. That said, I always try to be respectful of the oncoming shift when giving report. I think it is important to mentally put yourself in their shoes (or think back 12 hours...) so you give the report in a manner in which you wish to receive it.
So I'd like this thread to be a sort of feedback for report giving. It can even be a dumping ground for things that irritate you while getting report. All positive and negative comments can teach us something, and I am constantly trying to improve.
So I'll start, with more of a dumping versus a positive uplifting.
We have a nurse that tells you NOTHING in report, to sum it up it goes something like this: You have a patient in room xx, Any questions? Obviously he/she says other things, what he/she does say however is usually superfluous. Granted report is really short, guess that gives me plenty of time to figure out all that I needed to know.
Okay I will leave it at that and let everyone else chime in. For now.