bedside report. When it isn't appropriate??

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    Hi all!

    I’m a staff nurse on a tele floor 3-11. Second shift can be a crazy one (as all shifts are!). I was wondering what everyone’s opinion on bedside report is. The hospital I work at is enforcing it and there are times I believe it’s not appropriate. We all know that most hospital rooms are not private, except for precaution rooms. Visitors and the roommate are constantly in an out. There have been many times where I feel as if visitors are listening to report which is obviously a hippa violation. Also I think there are some aspects of report that should not be discussed in front of the patient (psych, drug, social, md orders, confused patients). I have had many patients become upset regarding something said in report that is misinterpreted. Also I’ve had patients interrupt report making one patient’s report a half hour long. Don’t get me wrong, I completely agree with both nurses going in to see the patient after most of the discussion is over. Thoughts? Insight? Ideas? Opinions? I’m open to all! 🙂


    A similar thread was started quite some time ago … you might find something of interest here:

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