The Importance Of A Clinical Handover

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Intelligence, compassion, cleanliness and reliability are required to be a nurse. Life and death are held in the hands of a nurse on a day to day basis, and yet full and vibrant lives are still expected of them when their day ends. Huge advantage and responsibility come with this profession, and most who have chosen this path know it is not for everyone. As Martin H. Fischer had once quoted, “diagnosis is not the end, but the beginning of practice”. This particular essay takes into account the repercussions that a nurse may go through. It embodies a true to life event which took place and dissects as the form of educational study. The following activities are cited and critiqued accordingly in the hopes of learning to deliver safer, continued…show more content…
Creating a record of the patient’s attendance is part of a nurse’s routine and would have held important components of health services by a nurse to a patient (HCCC v Jarrett, 2013, 36). Multiple assessments are noted and needed for patients with regular care and are passed down to incoming nurses at the end of every shift. With the limited time given, it would be helpful for the incoming shifted nurse to be notified for any certain tasks unaccomplished. The basic handover consists of the patient's ailment, vital signs, bowel movements, nutritional intake and other need-to-know basis doctors or nurses from other shifts would use to assess the patient accurately. No matter how major or minor, misinterpretation and unfortunate outcomes may be avoided by a strong, healthy communication barrier within the work floor. Studies have shown that delays in diagnosis, patient complaints, adverse effects and wrong treatments can be minimised by complete and proper handovers. Vulnerabilities to patient quality deliveries are most likely to happen during this stage of the healthcare process (Johnson, Jefferies & Nicholls 2012). Completed clinical assessments which
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