Family-Centered Bedside Shift Report

Bringing a new baby into your family is one of the most memorable times in your life. Along with the happiness many families feel a little bit nervous whether welcoming your first baby or the newest brother or sister. We understand that and want to help ease the nervousness often felt with a life-changing event. One way to do that is for you to take an active role in your health care. We believe that our care should center on you, with all activities and plans tailored to your family’s unique needs. Good communication between patients and caregivers is critical in providing safe, compassionate, high-quality health care.

A key part of good communication between you and your nurses will occur at each change of shift at your bedside. During this special report the nurse going off duty and the oncoming nurse will share important information about your care. This bedside report is important to assure your safety and increase patient and family participation in your hospital experience. 

The nurse going off duty will introduce you (and your family, if you choose) to the nurse caring for you during the next shift. Important information about your medical history and current status will be shared. You (and your family) have the opportunity to not only listen to the nurses discuss your care but you will be encouraged to clarify information, ask questions and participate in your care plan. The nurse will also write important information on the whiteboard in your room so you have it there readily available.

Bedside report is an important part of your hospital care and helps ensure that all important information is shared and allows you to participate in your care plan. We encourage you to ask questions, raise concerns, report problems and provide and additional information about you, your family and new baby that you want us to know to help us provide the best possible care while you are sharing your miracle with us at Meriter. 

Sincerely,
Jan McIntosh  BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM
Nurse Manager – Inpatient Obstetrics

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