Author: Diane Rudolphi, RN, MS
Title: Senior Instructor
Institution: University of Delaware
Apply critical thinking and clinical judgement into the practice of professional nursing
Demonstrate professional behaviors into the role of the nurse
Apply research and best evidence into the care of patients
Use verbal communication to complete an effective, clear and concise hand-off report
New nurses (Del Bueno, 2005 and Kavanagh & Szweda, 2017) exhibit unsafe behaviors and a lack of critical thinking/clinical judgement that these researchers note can result in a “failure to rescue” the patient. In order to stimulate critical thinking, educators need to move away from low level questioning and memorization of material. Students completing hand-off report demonstrate high level learning and application. Using this 5 minute hand-off report rubric provides students with a guide along with clear, concise expectations regarding the grading process. This tool is an excellent 5 minute student assessment has a patient safety focus and demonstrates professionalism, application of evidence based care and critical thinking.
The rubric provides students with a guide/evaluation (using a point system) of their handoff report. Using this rubric faculty and students can assess strengths and weaknesses.