Nursing Handoff Education Using Experiential and Virtual Innovations

Video Author:Vanderzwan, Kathryn J. DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC; Burt, Leah PhD, APRN, ANP-BC; O'Rourke, Jennifer PhD, APRN-BC, CHSE

Published on:November 16, 2022

Seventy percent of serious medical errors are the result of ineffective communication, including handoff errors. Two innovative curricular approaches were implemented to teach handoff education: experiential and virtual. The outcomes were evaluated for handoff completion, handoff accuracy, and handoff quality, based on context. During the experiential approach, students demonstrated average handoff completion rates of 84%. During the virtual approach, students' handoff completion rates rose from 25% to 63% and accuracy rose from 13% to 31%. Evaluations support that varying educational methods successfully teach nursing students how to give handoffs. Learn more in this video and article.