Journal of Neuroscience Nursing

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Journal of Neuroscience Nursing:
doi: 10.1097/JNN.0b013e3182212a1d

A Nursing Pilot Study on Bedside Reporting to Promote Best Practice and Patient/Family-Centered Care

Tidwell, Tracy; Edwards, Jessica; Snider, Emily; Lindsey, Connie; Reed, Ann; Scroggins, Iva; Zarski, Christy; Brigance, Joe

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Objective: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of bedside nursing report implementation on a pediatric neuroscience unit.

Background: The change-of-shift nursing report often involves only nurse-to-nurse communication, occurs far away from the patient's bedside, and includes little or no patient/family involvement. Studies show that the bedside nursing report is a more comprehensive and patient-centered approach (C. D. Anderson & R. R. Mangino, 2006).

Methods: Patient and nurse satisfaction and nursing overtime were measured 6 months before and 6 months after the implementation of bedside reporting. Data were analyzed using paired t test, chi-square test, and Fisher's exact tests to determine significant changes.

Results: Patients, families, and nurses reported an increase in satisfaction after the implementation of bedside reporting. Overtime decreased and represented a potential cost savings of nearly $13,000 annually.

Conclusions: Bedside reporting saves money, improves patient and nurse satisfaction, and is a more comprehensive approach to change-of-shift reporting.

© 2011 American Association of Neuroscience Nurses


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