Attention all Nurses and Nursing Students!
I believe that aside from excellent assessment skills (and after critical thinking) the next best skill for a nurse to have is being able to give effective report. This means you are able to give a short but comprehensive verbal picture of your patient to another nurse. Change of shift is a critical time. You want to leave at the end of your shift and the oncoming nurse doesn’t want to start late. A quick but full hand off report is something to practice and master. Few hospitals use paper SBARs (or report sheets) that nurses update and hand to each other for report. Some hospitals solely rely on the verbal report between nurses. To help the new grads, nursing students, and nurses who may be struggling with hand off, I made an easy to use print out. I have created this helpful resource that you can fill out for each of your patients. If you use it often, it will help you give effective report by practicing how to verbally describe your patients story. After awhile you will develop a rhythm, mentally, and you will give quick comprehensive report each time! This resourse is free, compliments of MegForIt.com! This is because I love fellow nurses! I want to help nurses and especially new nurses be the best that you can be. This is a tough job and any little tip or trick is helpful.
So give it a go!
Let me know what you think, and if it helped you!
CLICK HERE FOR THE FREE “Effective Report” PRINTABLE
Happy Clock Out time, everyone!