An Interactive Teaching Strategy Using I-SBAR-R to Improve Communication and Quality and Safety in Patient Care

This teaching strategy encourages practice with I-SBAR-R so that students can develop communication skills that are necessary for safe practice. The purpose of this strategy is to 1) promote the use of I-SBAR-R, 2) use I-SBAR-R to communicate with peers and health care providers and 3)evaluate the importance of communication for the quality and safety in nursing practice.

This teaching strategy prepares novice students to provide safe quality care by embedding the QSEN competencies of safety and teamwork and collaboration in a conference setting. Students practice I-SBAR-R by receiving and providing a shift report and using communication effectively between multidisplinary teams. In addition, the shift report encourages the student to develop clinical reasoning and skills in order to provide holistic patient centered care.