Communication in Bedside Nursing Handovers

De Gruyter Mouton
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Effective Communication in Clinical Handover from Research to Practice, 2016, pp. 97 - 113
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The previous chapters have described the challenges of emergency department clinical handovers when medical staff change. In this chapter the focus shifts to nursing staff shift changes in a general medical ward. We describe and analyze the practice of bedside handovers in a metropolitan teaching hospital, hospital B, acknowledging the challenges but also the benefits of this semi-public clinical handover mode for nurses and patients. In chapter 7 we then suggest strategies and resources to improve patient safety and to increase nurse and patient satisfaction with the practice.
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