Nursing Reports 2019-06-14T08:59:37+02:00 Francesca Baccino Open Journal Systems <p><strong>Nursing Reports</strong> is an open access, peer-reviewed, online-only journal that aims to influence the art and science of nursing by making rigorously conducted research accessible and understood to the full spectrum of practicing nurses, academics, educators and interested members of the public. The journal represents an exhilarating opportunity to make a unique and significant contribution to nursing and the wider community by addressing topics, theories and issues that concern the whole field of Nursing Science, including research, practice, policy and education. The primary intent of the journal is to present scientifically sound and influential empirical and theoretical studies, critical reviews and open debates to the global community of nurses. Short reports, opinions and insight into the plight of nurses the world-over will provide a voice for those of all cultures, governments and perspectives. The emphasis of <strong>Nursing Reports</strong> will be on ensuring that the highest quality of evidence and contribution is made available to the greatest number of nurses. <strong>Nursing Reports</strong> aims to make original, evidence-based, peer-reviewed research available to the global community of nurses and to interested members of the public. In addition, reviews of the literature, open debates on professional issues and short reports from around the world are invited to contribute to our vibrant and dynamic journal. All published work will adhere to the most stringent ethical standards and journalistic principles of fairness, worth and credibility. Our journal publishes Editorials, Original Articles, Review articles, Critical Debates, Short Reports from Around the Globe and Letters to the Editor.</p> A quantitative study on personnel’s experiences with patient handovers between the operating room and the postoperative anesthesia care unit before and after the implementation of a structured communication tool 2019-06-14T08:59:37+02:00 Ann-Chatrin Leonardsen Ellen Klavestad Moen Gro Karlsøen Trine Hovland <p>Postoperative handover of patients has been described as a complex work process challenged by interruptions, time pressure and a lack of supporting framework. The purpose of this study was to investigate involved personnel’s experiences with the quality of patient handovers between the operating room and the postoperative anesthesia care unit (PACU) before and after implementation of a structured tool for communication. The study was conducted in a hospital in South-eastern Norway. Personnel completed a questionnaire before (n=116) and after (n=90) implementation of the Identification-Situation-Assessment- Recommendations (ISBAR)- tool. Analysis included summative statistics, t-tests and generalized linear regression analysis. Statistical significance assumed at P&lt;0.05. The overall impression of quality in handovers improved significantly after implementation of the ISBAR (P=0.001). Personnel’s experiences were improved in relation to that handovers followed a logical structure, available documentation was used and all relevant information was communicated (P&lt;0.001). Moreover, personnel found it easier to establish contact at the beginning of the handover, ambiguities were resolved and documentation was more complete (P=0.001). <em>Profession</em> was associated with seven of the statements, relating to whether relevant information is clearly communicated, whether possible risks and complications are discussed, contact easily established, and to completeness of documentation and information. In addition, findings indicate significantly more negative experiences among receiving personnel both pre- and post-implementation. Implementation of a structured tool for communication in patient handovers, may improve quality and safety in patient handovers between the operating room and the PACU. Research is needed to define optimal patient handovers and to determine the effect of handover quality on patient outcomes.</p> 2019-04-19T00:00:00+02:00 ##submission.copyrightStatement##