Inadequate and inefficient handoffs can create important information gaps, omissions, errors, and patient harm. The study aim is to assess the effectiveness of Handover Guideline in prevention of nursing errors among the staff nurses of a selected hospital, Guwahati, Assam.
Material and Method: An experimental research approach and one pre-test post-test research design was used. Staff nurses working in Rahman Hospitals Pvt. Ltd., Guwahati, Assam were used to collect the data. A total sample of 40 staff nurses was selected by utilizing non – probability sampling technique. Self – Developed Handover Guideline and Self – Developed Nursing Errors Observational checklist were used to collect the data.
Results: The mean nursing errors among the staff nurses was reduced from 44.54% to 17.15% after the implementation of Self – Developed Handover Guideline. Majority of them 24 (60%) are under the age group of below 25 years. More than half of them 21 (52%) are GNM nursing. With regards to work experience, nearly half of them 18 (45%) are having work experience of less than one year. Majority of them 24 (60%) are working in the ICU ward.
Conclusion: The rate of nursing errors reduced after the implementation of Self – Developed Handover Guideline. There was a negatively significant correlation between nurses handover practice and nursing errors. There was no association nursing errors with age, gender, and educational qualification but have a significant association with working area.