Date of Conferral
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
In 2013, the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers System (HCAHPS), a national, independent metric of patient satisfaction, revealed room for improvement at a teaching hospital in the southeastern section of the United States. This project reports the development and validation of a Bedside Shift Report (BSR) policy, practice guidelines, and associated documentation. Several initiatives, models, and theories informed thinking about this project. The work of Kurt Lewin and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's joint initiative, Transforming Care at the Bedside, both guided the project in terms of the process of institutional change. SBAR (Situation Background Assessment and Recommendation Technique) was the primary model upon which communication strategies were developed. PDSA (Plan-Do-Study-Act) served as a continuous quality improvement model to inform development of the implementation and evaluation plans. Using these concepts, models, and theories, a project team led by the DNP student reviewed relevant literature and considered institutional contexts and goals in order to develop a new institutional bedside-report (BSR) policy along with practice guidelines to inform operationalization of the BSR policy. Five scholars reviewed these products with expertise in relevant content areas in order to validate essential content; both policy and practice guidelines were revised in accordance with feedback. All related documentation needed to implement the products, along with both an implementation and an evaluation plan, were also developed by the project team. Improved nurse-patient communication holds significant potential to improve patient satisfaction and to promote positive social change across the institutional service population.