Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)


Some might say that the complexity of health care as we know it exceeds the capacity of \ .). the human mind. As a result, the process of communication within health care organizations is equally as complex and to a large degree, challenging. Specifically, the patent handoff is particularly problematic and may be defined as " the process of transferring care and accountability for a patient from one health care professional to another'' (Jukkala, James, Autrey, Azuero, & Miltner, 2012, p.240). The aim of this paper is to introduce the notion of bedside reporting after identifying the importance and ongoing challenges of shift report by traditional methods, namely "taped report." A literature search yielded a variety of organizations and nursing units that have implemented bedside reporting and have graciously shared the uncovered benefits (and challenges) of this type of patient handoff. Obviously, patient safety is of grand importance as well as nursing satisfaction. These two realms were addressed in relation to different types of shift report and primarily as a result of implementation of bedside reporting methods