When Giving Report Please....

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    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.
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    Bedside reporting is a mixed bag, and not practical in all cases, but if a nurse is known for incomplete reports, I would steer them towards the patient room where you can see the patient. Sometimes being able to see the patient gives you an idea of what questions to ask.
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    It really depends on the unit. I deal with a lot of patients that stay for weeks and months.We have people that are waiting for nursing home placement and really there is no change and we all know them so well that the report is literally " no change".
    The one thing that is annoying is people that try to insert long rambling anecdotes into the report.Just stick to what is new and pertinent.Just try to keep it short and sweet and hit the important stuff.
    We were threatened with going to bedside report but luckily they changed their minds.
    DoeRN, Fiona59, and joanna73 like this.
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    After the "how are you's" it would be appreciated to just have report and get out. Certain people seem to think that report time is an opportunity to discuss their personal issues, tell irrelevant social tales, etc. That's fine on occasion, but not every shift. Report is supposed to be patient focused.
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    All I know is my last few shifts I have had some VERY pertinent information left out of report and thus leaving me swinging in the wind looking like an idiot when asked by patient, family or docs/therapists/social worker about it. Things like......a second planned surgery. A DVT in the left arm. Having been admitted with chest pain the week before and had stents placed at that time. A stage II decubitus. Things that sure, I would find out once I had the chance to review the chart (which, face it....often doesn't happen as soon as we would like). All I ask is report be thorough and accurate.
    StacyMercurio, poppycat, and joanna73 like this.
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    Do not tell me about how many "Baby mamas" my patient has. I do not care, as it's not pertinent to the patient's condition. I don't want to hear about the daughter bringing cookies during the day. Save the full on lab report....also, If you're going to spend 45 mins telling me why you couldn't get TED hoses on the patient 1hr ago....please spare me the excuses & tell me what needs to be done.
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    We only have one person that gives report anyways ( charge from the off going shift) and our charges are pretty good at giving a quick report so they can eave.
    RNGriffin likes this.
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    Why are they here, what are we doing for them. Are they alert going for any procedures, next.
    Davey Do, imintrouble, workingmama77, and 1 other like this.
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    Quote from loriangel14
    We only have one person that gives report anyways ( charge from the off going shift) and our charges are pretty good at giving a quick report so they can eave.
    Is your facility hiring? LOL!
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    Just tell me vitals stable. I don't want to know every dose of insulin in the las 24 hors and what they had for snacks, especially if they are going home this morning.

    I do want to know who has crazy spouses.
    ChiTownRN5, AngelicDarkness, D.R.A., and 15 others like this.


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