MSN 2 revision Paper Bedside Reporting Western Governors University Bedside Reporting Professional Practice Description Patient safety should always be at the forefront of healthcare providers. Communication plays a key role in preventing medica
Western Governors University
Professional Practice Description
Patient safety should always be at the forefront of healthcare providers. Communication plays a key role in preventing medical errors. Good communication strategies play a vital role in helping to prevent medical errors. According to The Joint Commission (2012), about 80% of medical errors are made due to poor communication during patient transfers. Good communication tactics with every shift change help to prevent adverse events and delays in patient care. This communication needs to be thorough and must include many facts about the patient and their plan of care while in the hospital.
Currently, the acute care hospital where I am employed performs shift reports at the nurses’ station. There is no set tool to guide shift reports. Evidence-based practice has shown bedside shift reporting has increased patient satisfaction, nurse work life, quality of patient care, Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) scores, patient safety and increased communication between nursing staff (Faloon, Hampe & Cline, 2018). According to Baldwin and Spears (2019), bedside shift reports help to reduce patient falls during shift changes, decrease patient anxiety and enhance the overall patient experience. This evidence has shown the positive benefits of doing bedside reports to help increase patient safety, prevent adverse events and help improve the quality of care.