How long do you get for handover?

An RN who works in a multi-purpose service would like to know how much time other nurses get for handover.

My work only allows us 15 minutes to hand over up to 34 residential clients plus up to 12 acute (hospital) clients.

So my question is how long do the residential care facilities that you work in allow for handover and how many clients are being handed over?


Please give your answers below in comments.

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Alan’s 50 years of nursing…

Sue-ellen Blomfield, Director of Nursing at Northern Coalfields Community Care at Rothbury in the Hunter Valley, honours a colleague who recently retired after 50 years as a nurse.

Alan Baird, who has dedicated 50 years of his life to helping others, retired in March from his position as Manager Clinical Quality, Northern Coalfields Community Care.

Alan joined the NSW Nurses Association, as it was then, in 1986 and soon became President of the Nurse Managers Branch Hunter region, a position he held for a number of years.

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Alan’s retirement celebration.

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Wellbeing and happiness – a goal worth striving for

Coral Levett, President of the NSWNMA and the ANMF, originally wrote this column for the Australian Nursing Journal.

Wellbeing is an emotional and physical state we hear more and more about in terms of its importance to our chosen career. It has strong links to feelings and emotions such as happiness and sadness and is often explained in terms of the balance of these emotions.

Attempts to describe this state of mind have been many.  One of the simpler ones is Myers’ (2002) view that wellbeing is a subjective assessment of self or a “pervasive sense that life is good”. Although wellbeing is mostly explained from the subjective viewpoint, it can also be explained objectively and more seen on a global level. Wellbeing can be more than just pleasant emotions in the here and now, having the potential to be a positive and sustainable condition that allows individuals, teams, families or even nations to thrive or flourish.


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Making Nursing Work – advanced practice nurses study

Professor Glenn Gardiner (Queensland University of Technology), Professor Christine Duffield (University of Technology Sydney) and Professor Anne Gardner (Australian Catholic University) in partnership with the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (ANMF) and Australian Nursing and Midwifery Accreditation Council (ANMAC) have been successful in a recent ARC grant to progress with the next phases of the Advanced Practice Nurses (APN) study titled ‘Making Nursing Work’.

Expressions of interest are being sought from APNs who would like to participate in this next stage.


What is the study about? The study aim is to investigate the work activities and practice patterns of Advance Practice Nurses (APN) across Australia using work sampling methods.

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Stevie’s EN diary 2: Popping my nursing cherry

‘Hello. My name is Stevie and I’m the nurse working with you today.’

Nurse. I get to say ‘nurse’ now. The first time I had to write that on the patient information board next to the bed, I took a moment to let it sink in. I get to be a nurse. Someone hired me as a nurse. That’s amazing. And terrifying.

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Stepping onto the ward for the first time, in full uniform, complete with sensible shoes, my name badge and my ‘pickpocket’ nursing pouch, I had a moment of feeling completely happy. A moment of ‘this is where you’re supposed to be’. I want to bottle that feeling – that feeling of being at home, at peace and utterly content with my small place in the world. I want to always remember how that felt.  I know there are going to be times in my nursing future where I’m not going to be able to feel that way, but I’m glad I feel it now.

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