Readers panel: Should nurse handovers take place at the patient’s bedside?
Bedside handovers allow patients to be more involved in their care and improve their rapport with staff, supporters claim. Nursing Standard readers have their say
Daniel Athey is a charge nurse on an acute medical ward in Sheffield
Bedside handovers are like so many other nursing initiatives, something that is good on paper. I'm sure countless managers have made lovely PowerPoint presentations on the many merits. However, if it’s such a good idea, would it not happen organically anyway?
A similar initiative is being rolled out in my trust, and while my role requires I put a brave face on it, I quite honestly detest it. My handover is consistently interrupted by patients and relatives and I can only give about half the relevant information. The real handover happens...
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