change of shift report

  1. 1. taped
    2. verbal
    3. written

    Which do you prefer?
  2. Poll: Change of shift report.

    • written

      10.89% 22
    • taped

      25.74% 52
    • verbal

      61.88% 125
    • other

      1.49% 3
    202 Votes
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  4. by   NS_RN
    Oops....I meant to put written, not verbal! Goofed my own poll.LOL
  5. by   KC CHICK
    Verbal. That's how we do it.
  6. by   RRMLPN
    verbal.. though at times it can get lengthy.
    What do we do, or what do I prefer?

    We do a taped report. But it isn't uncommon for me to get tied up and have to give a verbal at shift change. I just prefer verbal.

  8. by   night owl
    I prefer verbal and we do verbal only because if we or they have any questions, we/they are there to answer them instead of listening to a tape or reading out of a report book.
  9. by   bossynurse
    our floor does verbal report which I prefer. There are some things that should not be said on tape!!!! new policy though, pts coming from surgery or transfers-we get faxed report. Everyone in the hospital hates it except the brilliant minds that thought it up.
    We also get faxed report from L&D-->post partum, and verbal report (via phone) from PACU-->gyn.

    So there really is no ONE way!

  11. by   dv8rn
    We give verbal report about half the time,at the bedside. I like it best, you can tell the oncoming nurse,"this is what the drainage, or whatever looks like."
  12. by   NURS4GOD
    dv8rn, I hate bedside report!! How can you discreetly say, "This patient is absolutely a pain in the rear" in front of them?!? Just kidding, I know those things can be said in private away from the patient. We do verbal team report and that is a pain because you have to sit throught report on 10-12 patients. It lasts TOO LONG!!!!!!!!
  13. by   Sleepyeyes
    I like taped; it eliminates all but the necessities. Talk as fast as you want, there's the pause button.

    On my end of it, i don't hafta get asked irrelevant, uniimportant questions that have nothing to do with what i did on my shift. (altho I will give you a heads-up on which labs to expect on which pts. and the results if they're in, but usually they're not)
  14. by   bigred
    We have taped report. I prefer it. We used to do verbal reports and they could be very lengthy. I used to get annoyed when I would give verbal report and some of the staff would start talking amongst themselves. Sometimes they would be disruptive enough that I would stop and wait for them to be quiet. There is still the same problem with the taped report, but at least I can hit the pause button until things quiet down. Do I like to control? Not much! I work on 3 units, and so do some of the other nursing staff. The way the facility is set up, most of us agree that the taped report works quite well for us.
  15. by   whipping girl in 07
    I prefer verbal, except when I have to get report from the nurse who tells me all about the patient's family and social issues, and nothing about what's wrong with the patient. I swear, you have to damn near pull her teeth to get her to tell you pertinent info, and then half of it is inaccurate anyway. Maybe if she just filled out a form with blanks for each system, she'd give a better report (although I have been known to question whether the patient lying in the bed is the same one she gave me report on). :chuckle