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Handovers and what you need to know to get them right

Tools and strategies for nursing students: how to conquer your fears and build your confidence

Tools and strategies to help you conquer your fears and build your confidence – whether you’re receiving information or delivering it

Handovers are used in healthcare to transfer the responsibility for patient care to other members of the nursing or multidisciplinary team. They provide staff, usually at the start of their shift, with information about patients.

A typical handover will cover the patient’s current condition and anything that has happened during the previous shift, such as treatments the patient has received or procedures they have undergone, and any episodes of nursing care that need to be completed during the forthcoming shift.

What are students’ responsibilities in relation to handover?

The Nursing and Midwifery Council’s standards of proficiency


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