Role of the nurse-to-nurse handover in patient care
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Role of the nurse-to-nurse handover in patient care

Sles Scovell Clinical skills lecturer, Staffordshire University, Faculty of Health, Royal Shrewsbury and Telford NHS Trust, Shrewsbury

The nurse-to-nurse handover is not taught formally during training, yet it is one of the most important rituals of the nursing shift. This article focuses on the structure and function of change-of-shift reports and lists the events that occur within them, describing the locations of the handover process and the mode of communication involved. The problems that can occur during handover are discussed and solutions are proposed.

Nursing Standard. 24, 20,35-39. doi: 10.7748/ns2010.01.24.20.35.c7453

Correspondence

sles.scovell@staffs.ac.uk

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This article has been subject to double blind peer review