Patient handover is the transfer of information about and responsibility for a patient between healthcare professionals and settings. Three primary things are transferred during every handover: information, authority and responsibility. Despite the importance of shift handover there is no standard handover protocol in our health care settings.
Methods: In this, one group pretest-posttest quasi-experimental study was conducted at Maharishi Markandeshwar Hospital Mullana Ambala Haryana 2014. We recruited a total enumerative sample of 30 Neuro, Surgical and Respiratory ICU nurses. The shift handover checklist was used for data collection. Content validity and Inter rater reliability was 0.86 respectively. We employed SPSS 20.0 software, Paired-t test and ANOVA test for data analysis.
Results: Study findings revealed that the nurses practice mean score on the shift handover checklist increased significantly from 22.27 (5.09) to 79.33 (6.21) (p<0.001).
Conclusion: Using a standard handover checklist for shift handover communicates better information and improves nurse’s safe practice in areas of basic nursing care.