change-of-shift

change-of-shift

That time during the working day when one group of health care professionals arrives for work and another group prepares to leave. At this juncture reports about patients are relayed from one group to another and tasks that need to be accomplished are assigned.
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Moving the change-of-shift handoff to the patient's bedside allows the oncoming nurse to visualize the patient as well as ask questions of the previous nurse and the patient.
Results also indicated nurses felt more prepared immediately after the change-of-shift handoff to discuss patient care issues with physicians.
There have been significant decreases in change-of-shift falls, while residents' weights and nutritional status have improved or remained stable.