It was my final placement of my course in a children's ward. I was working towards performance level 5 which involved working independently within a supervised environment. I had been caring for one patient during my shift, a 12 year old girl Claire who had been admitted for treatment of her diabetes. Although I had been caring for her for the duration of my shift I was unprepared to give the next shift a nursing handover. I assumed that my mentor would do it as she had been doing it on all of my previous shifts. However on this occasion my mentor said to me to do it at the last minute. I listened to her giving the handover for her patients then when it came to mine I panicked and got information mixed up. I started with basic information about Claire such as name, date of birth and reason for admission. Unfortunately I became flustered after that and it was clear to both my mentor and the other staff nurse that I was out of my depth and needed help. My mentor then took over and continued the handover.
I therefore decided to action plan to develop my nursing knowledge in this area. I looked at various nursing journals detailing how to give effective handovers. I also used the advice that I found in