Verbal handover reports: what skills are needed?

Br J Nurs. 1995;4(12):720-2. doi: 10.12968/bjon.1995.4.12.720.


Nurses require appropriate knowledge, skills and attitudes in order to give and receive verbal handover reports effectively. Reports are important for ensuring and maintaning continuity and quality of patient care, complying with legal and professional requirements and maintaining high team morale. This article will discuss the five main reasons for the importance of handover reports, and suggestions for further study will be made.

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Competence*
  • Communication*
  • Continuity of Patient Care
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Nursing Staff / psychology
  • Nursing Staff / standards*
  • Patient Care Planning*