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October 2009, Volume 39 Number 10 , p 22 - 24


  • Bettyanne Grant RN-BC, BSN
  • Sandra Colello RN, BSN


GAPS IN COMMUNICATION can precipitate a cascade of events that exposes a patient to harm while causing needless expense. To improve information sharing during patient handoffs, nurses can assess patients and give report at shift change together at the bedside. This practice, called partnership rounding, also helps to foster the teamwork that's vital to best practice.

This article describes how our hospital changed our end-of-shift reporting practices. We'll start by presenting a fictional case that illustrates what can happen when communication breaks down.

A failure to communicate

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