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RUNNING HEAD: Bedside Report 1 Qualitative Research Critique: Bedside Report Lindsay Smith Grand Canyon University: NRS433V December 10 th , 2017
Bedside Report 2 Change of shift report is the process when one nurse is leaving and handing over their patient care to the oncoming nurse. Typically, change of shift report was done at the nurse’s station. Nurses would gather around with patient charts and go over the patient plan of care and what activities their shift consisted of. Engaging in report at the nurse’s station has a greater risk of the report being incomplete, disorganized, take too long and there is more of an opportunity of interruptions which can lead to distraction, poor communication, and impact patient safety (Vines, Van Son, & Guido, 2014). According to the article “Improving Client and Nurse Satisfaction Through the Utilization of Bedside Report”, miscommunication is the primary contributor to patient harm, and was identified in 80% of medical malpractice lawsuits (Vines et al., 2014). These statistics gave a reason to test and implement strategies that increase effective communication and promote patient safety as well as increase nursing teamwork. Miscommunication can happen at anytime during the patient’s care, but the highest risk for miscommunication is throughout shift report. This study of bedside report is important because that reason and the many consequences that can occur engaging in report away from bedside, such as: interruptions, increased length of time, disorganization and incomplete information. Other consequences that can occur are mediation errors and communication failure between staff members as a result of not providing a bedside report. The purpose of this article is to “evaluate one such strategy, bedside report, to

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