I work for a hospital here in Wyoming and we are about to switch to bedside reporting. So far, the process of the entire switch has not been enjoyable. Does anyone else do bedside reporting and can you help me better transition to the stressful change!
Jan 14, '13
I like it because It helps the pt be more involved in their care and reiterates the plan of care for them.I was a pt once and had my nurses done bedside report I would not have been so confused as to why one nurses plan of care was so opposite from the other.It was frustrating because I had no idea which nurses plan was right???I was on so many pain meds that it made me uneasy to ask the questions I needed to.
It is rough being a pt.You are vulnerable, wearing, next to nothing, and you feel like people are doing things at record speed and you have no time or inkling to ask a question. Yuk!
Pt's getting to hear nurses report off gives the pt a sense that we know what is going on and pt' s end up trusting and respecting us more.Also pt's hearing report given over and over really understand what is going on,can ask questions, and tend to be less anxious.
I also like it because I don't want to have a preconceived notion of what a pt or family is like through someone else.I want to see with my own eyes.If there is a sensitive topic like a new CA DX and the pt does not know yet then of course you would discuss this outside of the room.
If you develop a streamline system of giving report by just giving essential info.your report should take just a couple of minutes. Everyhting else can be found in the chart.
Last edit by Sunnysidegirl on Jan 14, '13