A reflective evaluation of patient handover practices
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A reflective evaluation of patient handover practices

Stephanie Davies Nursing student, Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service, Royal Hospital Haslar and Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Hampshire
Michael J Priestley Head of pre-registration education, senior lecturer, Princess Mary’s Royal Air Force Nursing Service, Royal Hospital Haslar and Fort Blockhouse, Gosport, Hampshire

This article is a personal reflection of the patient handover process. It explores approaches to handover, issues of time management, documentation and phenomenology. A handover sheet was developed with the assistance of a nursing team to maximise communication during handover. By observing patients, referring to documentation and listening to the practitioner presenting the handover, nurses can improve the handover process and care delivery.

Nursing Standard. 20, 21,49-52. doi: 10.7748/ns2006.02.20.21.49.c4056

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review