Department of Pediatric Nursing, Faculty of Nursing Sciences, Shendi University, Shendi, Sudan
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This study aims to assess the nurse knowledge regarding the importance of the bedside shift reports in
improving the quality of nursing care at Elmak Nimer University Hospital, between April to October
2018. Fifty five nurses participated and a questionnaire was used for data collection. More than two
third of the participants were found knowledgeable about the general benefit of the bedside shift
report and its role in increasing the level of communication between nurses and patients and among
nurses. Besides, the participants were found knowledgeable about the importance of the bedside
report during the application of the nursing care plan and it is a benefit to minimize nursing care
errors and increasing job satisfaction. There was no significant relationship found between the
qualification of the participants and their knowledge about the importance of the bedside shift report
in the implementation of the nursing care plan. However, a shortage of staff and the limitation of
technological resources play the main barrier in properly applying this type of report. In conclusion,
the study recommends improving the general conditions of works and the importance of the
availability of services of information technology and health informatics for nursing staff.
Keywords: Bedside shift, report, nurse.