Empowering nurses through action research for developing a new nursing handover program in a pediatric ward in Iran

Developing a new nursing handover program in a pediatric ward in Iran focused on the handing over of patient information among nurses between shifts. The participants in the action research, (12 nurses, 2 assistants, a head nurse, with academic researchers as facilitators), reached a significant decrease in time and cost of nursing handover. The development in the participants’ deep understanding about what’s at stake in nursing handover in the real world, along with relevant knowledge derived through action and reflection cycles allowed them establish the successful and lasting handover procedure.  Designing and implementing action plans for change, resulted in learning for both participants and facilitators, a s well as improvement in nurses’ satisfaction with the new nursing handover program.

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