Standardized Change-of-Shift Handoff: Nurses’ Perspectives and Implications for Evidence-based Practice

Author(s): Lori M. Rhudy, PhD, RN, Maren R. Johnson, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Catherine A. Krecke, Danielle S. Keigley, DNP, RN, Sarah J. Kraft, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, Pamela M. Maxson, DNP, RN, Sharon M. McGill, DNP, RN, and Karen T. Warfield, MS, RN, APRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP C 1.00

Expires May 01, 2025

Topics: Communication, Evidence-Based Practice

Role: Staff

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NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Nursing handoff is a communication activity with a high risk for loss or omission of information. Efforts to improve handoffs include standardization of the processes and content of handoff communications. A standardized approach to handoff based on unit and organizational needs will be more successful than a broad mandate of content and organization. Individual preference is prevalent and strongly influences the information conveyed and the structure of handoff communication.


  • Identify two advantages to using a structured approach to handoff.
  • Describe two elements of a structured handoff.
  • Determine two implications for future research resulting from the study findings.

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