Date of Award


Degree Name

Nursing (M.S.N.)


College of Nursing

First Advisor

Rebecca Davis

Second Advisor

Sylvia Simmons


Nurse to nurse handoffs were identified as an area for improvement in an acuity-adaptable, progressive care (AAPC) unit in a Midwestern hospital. By using the Plan, Do, Study, and Act (PDSA) quality improvement framework, the content of handoffs was standardized by the creation and use of a handoff tool, organized in a Situation, Background, Assessment, Recommendation (SBAR) manner. Outcomes of nursing satisfaction and incidental overtime were improved after the implementation of the handoff tool. This cost neutral project has a cost savings potential of $2000/year with the reduction of incidental overtime.

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Nursing Commons