Nurses’ perceptions of mandatory bedside clinical handovers: An Australian hospital study

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Journal of Nursing Management, 2019, 27 (1), pp. 161 - 171
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© 2018 John Wiley & Sons Ltd Aims: The research explores (a) nurses’ views of the change to mandatory bedside handovers, and (b) these nurses’ perceptions of their skills in managing this new practice in an Australian hospital. Background: In Australia, nursing bedside handovers are now considered essential in many hospitals, although most nurses received minimal training at the time this policy was instituted. This research establishes a unique quantitative tool to investigate nurses’ views of, and self-reported actions related to, bedside handovers. Method: Prior to the implementation of mandatory bedside handovers in a hospital in Canberra, Australia, nurses in two wards (n = 66) were recruited to complete the new Bedside Handover Attitudes and Behaviours (BHAB) questionnaire. Results: Most nurses strongly value bedside handovers and have confidence in their ability to lead this clinical practice. Conclusions: Researchers identified a high level of alignment between the nurses’ acceptance of bedside handovers and nurses’ self-reported actions in conducting this communication process. Implications for Nursing Management: Future research should explore the links between nurses’ views of, and skills in, the management of bedside handovers, as well as the effects of professional training for this practice. Furthermore, the BHAB questionnaire may be employed in different nursing contexts in future research.
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