I must respetfully disagree with your views on bedside report. The information passed from offgoing to oncoming nurse is much clearing. First, it allows you to take care of simple pt needs while you are in the room (and if it is going to take longer your can tell the pt face to face that you will be back in a half hour). It allows the oncoming nurse to look at the setup for equipement. For example, why is this chest tube not on suction? Finally ia allows 2 nurses a chance to looks at IV gtts/PCAs.
When the unit on which I was working went to bedside report, some oncoming nurses thought it was a chance to complete their assessments while the offgoing nurse just stood there. When you are leaving, don't let this happen, and it does not last any longer that face to face report at the station.
Also, I think that time of commute for the nurses really should not play a role in how report takes place. If that was the principle concern, just to written report, give your cell phone
number and leave right when you replacement walks in the door.
As for giving pt's phone numbers, not a good idea. That's why we have call bells, and people at the desk can answer them. I do believe the RN should go to the room (even to deliver a pitcher of water), however there are times when you plain old can't answer the phone (think being gowned in a C diff room).