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J Nurs Adm. 2014 Oct;44(10):541-5. doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000115.

Bedside shift reports: what does the evidence say?

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Author Affiliations: Assistant Professor (Dr Gregory), Graduate Research Assistant (Ms Tan), Research Assistant (Mr Tilrico), and Professor (Dr Gamm), Department of Health Policy & Management, School of Public Health, Health Sciences Center, Texas A&M University, College Station; Assistant Professor (Dr Edwardson), School of Public Administration, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; and Assistant Professor (Dr Gregory), Department of Pediatrics, College of Medicine, Health Sciences Center, Texas A&M University College Station.


Bedside shift reports are viewed as an opportunity to reduce errors and important to ensure communication between nurses and communication. Models of bedside report incorporating the patient into the triad have been shown to increase patient engagement and enhance caregiver support and education. Nurse shift reports and nurse handovers are 2 of the most critical processes in patient care that can support patient safety and reduce medical errors in the United States. Nurses continue to not recognize the evidence supporting this practice and adopt bedside report into practice.

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