How long does report take? - page 2

How long does giving report take at other places? At my hospital, time stops while we take 1.5 hours giving report. Any ideas? How do we get other procedures done during this time?... Read More

  1. by   igloorn93
    We have a report sheet that the off going shift fills out prior to the arrival of the on coming shift. It is mostly a fill in the blanks sheet (Lots of promts so you don't forget the important stuff), plus extra space for the on coming nurse to make some notes of their own. Usu takes 15 min. tops to give report on 16 patients. Longer on occasion with one of those nurses who want to know everything that isn't even pertinate, or if you get chatting about a funny that happened that day, but generally just 15 min for the essentials.
  2. by   SmilingBluEyes
    Better be 30 minutes or less where I am or you are on OVERTIME and management REALLY gets their undies in a bunch. Really, I am out of there by 7:30 99.9% of the time, unless in the middle of a csection or delivery. I don't have time to waste gossiping or hearing irrelevant things in report. Like anyone, I have a family to get home to and a life outside the hospital.
  3. by   Pete495
    Report time is my least favorite time of the shift. I hate it when nurses ramble on about useless information or expect me to tell them every little detail. As if they can't read my documentation or exercise a little common sense. Many of the people I work with always make you feel inadequate after giving report, asking you a ton of stupid questions that they either could have looked up, or listened to you the first time you said it.

    We use a kardex system and face to face report, and it works fairly well. Basically our kardex gives a short history, prev. dx, and covers all their systems,from neuro and musculoskeletal to urinary and dietary. It also lists all labs and tests to be done. I find that I can usually pick up where others left off simply by picking up a kardex. With a really sick patient though, report then becomes more necessary. If we go over our allotted time, we just put in for the extra time. Our nursing supervisors are actually pretty good about that. You just have to let them know.

  4. by   purplemania
    Report should not take that long! I have worked in different units and the best ways seemed to be (1) each nurse tapes report and the next shift listens (Pedi unit so we all needed to be informed of whole floor). (2) Large grid completed by each nurse before shift change, giving vitals, tests, labs, etc. then nurse gave quick verbal report to oncoming nurse. (3) verbal reports by offgoing nurse to whole shift of oncoming nurses. In all cases, should have parameters about what is to be included and keep personal stuff to a minimum!
  5. by   redshiloh
    Maybe the nurses need to be instructed on how to be more succinct. Some nurses will rattle on about nonrelevant info, so you have to teach them how to edit.
  6. by   peaceful2100
    I am not a nurse yet but when doing my capstone and being involved in report I noticed it all depends on the nurse. One time report started at 645 and was not over until a little bit after 730 and another time I noticed it started at 650 and was over by 715. I noticed that many nurses where I was at would gossip about patients, patients families and then they would gossip about their home life's in the middle of report and that is what took so long.

    I am sorry but I am going to give the most pertinent information that needs to be given since where I will be use kardex's and then be done. I am not going to stay an hour past if it is unecessary. The management is going to start tightening up on timing in and out anyway. So people are going to have to be more focused on report and nothing else.
  7. by   BMS4
    We tape and it takes about 30 minutes.
  8. by   Nurse Ratched
    Taped report generally goes faster. We are done in no more than a half-hour (I have noticed that report expands to fill the half-hour regardless of how much time it actually took to impart the information...)

    1 1/2 hours is a REALLLLLLLLY long time. Are there extenuating circumstances about your facility we are unaware of?
  9. by   Chaya
    Report for cardiopulmonary in-patient rehab for 8-9 pts, done face to face, takes 10-20 min depending on how stable pt is, if newly admitted, if oncoming nurse already knows pt, etc. We may tape if oncoming nurse will be late (ie: double shift and has to give report on another unit first) but there is only on machine so it doesn't save time if too many people need to use it.
  10. by   RN-PA
    I would be jumping out of my skin listening to report for 90 minutes! Because I work an 8 hour shift (3-11), I often listen to report on my own of just my 6 (or so) patients, since my coworkers are continuing on until 7 p.m. Unless one or two of the patients have a boatload of problems, my report takes 20 minutes, tops. As others have mentioned, it also depends on the nurse giving report. There are two on our floor from 7-3 shift who are WAAAAAY too detailed and take forever to finish report. They've been told about it, but old habits die hard.

    We have computer generated combo profiles/care plans that we read/follow report from, and most pertinent info is there. Our managers have been saying for a while now that they are going to do a staff meeting on proper report-giving. Too many nurses report all "normals" in patients and I've been told to report only "abnormals", and will just say, "The rest of systems are within normal limits".
  11. by   dawngloves
    Are you getting report on the whole unit??!! If so, why?
    On a good day report takes 15 minutes, half hour tops. On a really good day, (stable babies w/no changes and same nurse is coming in that gave me report) five minutes!
  12. by   yannadey
    With 42 pt. walking reports at my last job (LTC) takes 15-20 minutes if I had a smooth night if it was a busy night 45 min -1hr.
  13. by   sbic56
    Originally posted by dawngloves
    Are you getting report on the whole unit??!! If so, why?
    On a good day report takes 15 minutes, half hour tops. On a really good day, (stable babies w/no changes and same nurse is coming in that gave me report) five minutes!
    Just curious how many do not need to hear report on the whole unit. I can't imagine not hearing on everyone, but I work in a birthing center and it would be very confusing to not have a basic knowlege of what is going on, as there is always some interaction with most all of the pateints even if they are not assigned to you.