Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner (MSN)



First Advisor

Susan McKenna


Nursing bedside shift report, bedside handoff, bedside change-of-shift report, patient satisfaction, patient safety, nurse satisfaction, systematic review, literature review


Introduction: Nursing bedside shift report is a recommended strategy to promote the effective exchange of accurate patient information during the handoff process with the goal of decreasing communication errors and adverse patient events. However, adopting this handoff method into nursing practice has been challenging in the clinical setting. This systematic review aims to understand the rationale behind nursing bedside handoff by identifying the advantages and barriers to implementation and exploring how this affects patient safety and experience.
Methods: A systematic review was conducted by searching through electronic databases and Google Scholar to identify English-language peer-reviewed journal articles published between 2012 and 2022 that focused on nursing bedside handoffs in the United States. A total of eight articles were selected for review.
Results: The benefits observed with nursing bedside handoff consisted of increased efficiency, increased nursing accountability, better teamwork, improved patient satisfaction scores, and decreased patient incidents. Commonly reported barriers to implementation included patient privacy issues and the time constraints to conducting the handoff process.
Conclusions: The evidence from the reviewed articles supported the practice of nursing bedside shift reporting and revealed the positive impacts on nurses and patients. Nursing bedside shift report contributed to increased nurse satisfaction, improved patient satisfaction, and enhanced patient safety. It is essential to identify and remove any barriers to conducting the handoff process in order to successfully implement and sustain the bedside shift report into routine nursing practice.

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