A research proposal: a qualitative evaluation of nurse in charge clinical handover during shift change in a 20 bedded Cardiac Intensive Care Unit

Grimshaw, Martine (2017) A research proposal: a qualitative evaluation of nurse in charge clinical handover during shift change in a 20 bedded Cardiac Intensive Care Unit. Masters dissertation, University of Cumbria. Item availability may be restricted.

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Background: Clinical handover is the process by which information, knowledge and responsibility is transferred from one professional to another. In essence, handover is critical to the continued safe delivery of patient care. Patients are at increased risk of harm and poorer outcomes may ensue if inaccurate, ambiguous or incomplete information is provided. Each shift has a designated team leader who is ultimately responsible for the provision of care and management. Despite a wealth of evidence pertaining to handover communication and the effectiveness of standardised tools, there is limited knowledge that offers guidance to facilitate effective nurse in charge handover in a cardiothoracic intensive care unit.

Objective: The study aim is to uncover the content of clinical handover that is delivered from nurse in charge of the preceding shift to the nurse in charge of the subsequent shift using the SBAR; a standardised tool adopted throughout this Trust.

Design: A prospective observational study.

Setting: A 20 bedded regional adult cardiothoracic intensive care unit in the North of England.

Participants: Band 6 and Band 7 registered nurses all of whom are regularly in charge and are responsible for the management of the cardiac intensive care unit.

Method: Consent will be sought. Audio recordings of naturally occurring nurse in charge handovers will be obtained, transcribed verbatim and the content analysed using the deductive and inductive process.

Conclusion: It is envisaged that the content of nurse in charge handovers will be revealed; data will provide concrete evidence of either the effectiveness or the ineffectiveness of the structured tool the SBAR. It is believed analysis will identify other as yet uncovered knowledge concerning clinical handover between shift leaders in this environment.

Item Type: Thesis/Dissertation (Masters)
Departments: Academic Departments > Nursing, Health & Professional Practice (NHPP)
Additional Information: Dissertation submitted in part fulfilment for the MSc Advanced Practice (Clinical).
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 13 Oct 2017 10:05
Last Modified: 12 Jan 2024 18:00
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3297
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