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Bedside Reporting- your thoughts

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What would bother me is when you DO know them, and think they are a... "less than stellar" nurse.

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hikernurse has 8 years experience and specializes in NICU.

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We have a script to follow as well during our bedside report. And a couple months ago, they added something new. We have to write on the white board the TIME we will be back to check on them! We do hourly rounding and before we leave the room we have to say, "Is there anything else I can do for you while I have the time?" If not, then we say, "I will be back at such-in-such time to check in on you." And write the time on the board when we will return.

Wow, y'all must have incredible time management skills to be able to plan to the minute the next time you will be in to check on each patient. I'm sure that's a testament to your wonderful managers...:cheeky::sarcastic:

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I used to hate bedside report , but now I absolutely love it ! I get to see the pts, make sure they're not Blue, not hypoglycemic ,make sure they look comfy, clean , IVs are not beeping, make sure the TPN and IVF are not running dry. When we didn't have bedside report I would get picture perfect report and when I walked in te pts room so many things were not done! There are lazy people out there! 😂

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BrandonLPN has 5 years experience as a LPN.

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We have a script to follow as well during our bedside report. And a couple months ago, they added something new. We have to write on the white board the TIME we will be back to check on them! We do hourly rounding and before we leave the room we have to say, "Is there anything else I can do for you while I have the time?" If not, then we say, "I will be back at such-in-such time to check in on you." And write the time on the board when we will return.

According to management, this is supposed to reduce the amount of call lights. If they need something that can wait a bit, they can look on the board and think, "Oh, Nurse Suzy will be back at 8pm."

This works less often than not. Most patients will call because we aren't there exactly at the time written on the board. They get angry if we are 5 minutes "late".

It just gets frustrating when the higher ups think of more crazy things to add to our routine for "patient satisfaction."

Yes, because nothing could possibly happen with any of your other patients that would make you "late" for checking up.

Forcing the nurse to write the time of the next "check" on the board is one of the stupidest things I ever heard of. I can only imagine family members going into histronics because the nurse was late checking on thier loved one.

I do like the general idea of bedside report. It increases accountability, making it more difficult for the previous shift to dump tasks on the next shift. Or, at least, it forces them to provide some sort of explanation. Stuff happens, and I don't mind doing tasks the previous shift didn't have time for. But some nurses take advantage of that.

It allows patients/family to see the oncoming nurse, thus pounding into their brains that, yes, it is shift change and we are too busy for piddly stuff right now.

And I think it would discourage all the idle chatter that makes report drag. The Chatty-Cathys out there are less chatty when giving report in front of an audience.

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