In rehab the report I give (we tape report) depends on who the oncoming nurse is. If it's a regular who knows all the pts. my report is much briefer than if it's someone I know is new or doesn't work this floor usually. On new patients I give the full report regardless of who the oncoming nurse is.
If it's a regular nurse who is very familiar with the pts:
accuchecks (what they were on my time and a reminder of when the next ones are due QID, BID etc. - I find this helpful because it can be difficult to flip through the MAR on 20 or 30 people to find all your accuchecks...)
last PRN given with times(we give out tons and tons and tons of pain meds and many people want them q4hrs)
any new orders from this shift
how the person did that day...anything exceptional, unusual, etc.
anything they are going to need to know (NPO after midnight for a test/procedure, if they are going out for an appt. etc.)
New pt, nurse unfamiliar with pt:
main admitting diagnoses
any "history of" diagnoses that will be impacting care (diabetic, blind, very HOH, hallucinations, CABG x 20, COPD, etc...I wont include EVERY diagnosis in the history as this can get quite long but anything pertinent I will include)
current code status
any skin issues/dressing changes
if they are a fall risks what alarms/mats/low beds etc they are supposed to have
how they take their meds
accuchecks as listed above
any oxygen, foleys, IVs, PICCs, CPAPs, CPM, polar ice things, G-tubes etc.
def. include if they are on thickened liquids/need to be 1 on 1 for meals/asp. risk
last time for PRNs
any new orders that day
how they did that day as above
anything going on they need to know as above
Okay it sounds long but I do this in a very methodical way right down the line for each pt (I have a sheet I keep adding to all day and use this for report) and taping a full report for 20 usually takes 20 minutes. The short version 10 minutes.