Transfer-of-Care Communication: Nursing Best Practices

Robin Chard, Martin A. Makary

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The successful and safe transfer of the patient from one phase of care to another is contingent on optimal communication by all team members. Nurses are often in a natural leadership position to improve safe practices during hand overs. A holistic understanding of the patient allows the perioperative nurse the opportunity to identify issues and choose a nursing diagnosis based on key elements of a patient's needs and goals-information that should be relayed during patient transfers. This article reviews best practices in transfer-of-care communication to enable perioperative RNs to take an active, leading role in hand-over processes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-342
Number of pages14
JournalAORN journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - Oct 2015


  • Checklists
  • Hand over
  • Nursing communication
  • Time out
  • Transfer of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medical–Surgical


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