Tips for successful nursing handovers on every shift
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Tips for successful nursing handovers on every shift

Maria Jennings Matron, Care of older people, Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

To make the most of handovers clear communication between staff is critical, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic

Since starting my nursing career in 2005 I have been a staff nurse, sister and ward manager. Last year I became a matron. I have seen handovers from all of these perspectives. I now cover three older people’s wards and one general medical ward. While I cannot join in handovers every day, I do so three or four times a week. Based on my experience of working as a nurse at various levels, these are some of my tips for making handovers as effective as possible.

Nursing Management. 27, 5, 13-13. doi: 10.7748/nm.27.5.13.s5

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