Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Mary T. Verklan
Bedside reporting is one way to improve communication among the health care team. At the study site, at least 50% of bedside reporting was being conducted at the door of the patient's room instead of at the patient's bedside. The project question addressed whether a computer-based education and training video on bedside reporting and a standardized bedside reporting checklist would increase the rate of bedside shift-to-shift reporting among a medical surgical unit (MSU) to 100%. The project addressed the implementation of standardizing bedside reporting through education and training using Agency for Health Care Research and Quality's (AHRQ) Guide to patient and family engagement. The project also promoted use of a standardized tool to conduct bedside reporting and a surveillance tool to ensure bedside reporting was being conducted. Data was collected through surveys and surveillance. The data was tabulated for frequencies displayed in percentages. Post-implementation findings indicated that bedside reporting went from 0% to 86% during the 2-week surveillance period. MSU nursing staff improved their knowledge and skill on how to conduct bedside reporting, but their attitude did not change as they thought the practice of bedside reporting was not an effective use of their time. Findings may be used to increase involvement of patients and families in their inpatient health care.