As practice based learning is linked to the learning activities that require application of theories in a practical work scenario; it provided me the insight of the workplace which could not be achieved by sitting in a lecture room.
Cherry et al. (2005) proposed that effective communication is the core of nursing profession. Keeping this in mind I have tried to analyze my communication skills developed, as part of the training session, by issuing handover reports to the nurses on the next shift. I have also made an effort to appraise the level of improvement in my listening skills. Through reflection I tried to summarize my personal and professional development during training.
It is a process in which nurses’ team delivers the information about the patient’s care to other nurses normally as the shift changes. It usually focuses on the nursing care plan (Smith, 2004, p.4). Continued reflection on my experience enabled me to assess that handover is one beneficial way of communicating with other nurses.
Through handovers nurses are better able to conceive the patient’s condition. Before this work based learning experience I used to make disorganized handovers but by the end of this shift I have witnessed several handovers instructed by the senior nurses and now I am proficient enough to develop a concise hand over in time.
During my experience as a trainee nurse, I have seen nurses making unstructured handovers that were a total waste of time as they indicate patient’s information in a biased manner. The time assigned to submit a hand over was usually limited. Attendance was also mandatory at the time of handovers. According to me the current handover practice was efficient as I never witnessed the time of handover process changed.
Handovers also formulates a way for personnel education and debriefing (Jones & Bourgeois, 2006, p.155).Nurses used to exchange handovers informally thus