Handover is a fundamental component of clinical practice and is essential to ensure safe patient care. For the
maintenance of continuity of care and improvment in quality of care, effective inter-shift information communication
is necessary. Any handover error can endanger patient safety. In this descriptive study it was the aim to determine
handover effectiveness and the factors that effect it in nursing.
Methods: The study was conducted with 222 nurses working in a public hospital and at different units in Istanbul
between January and March 2017. Descriptive information form and Handover Evaluation Scale were used to collect
the data of the study. The data were analyzed by using IBM SPSS Statistics 22.0 statistical software. Approvals from
participants, managers of institutions, and ethics committees were obtained for the study.
Results: As a result of the research, it was found that the effectiveness of the nurses handover was above the median
value, and the highest score was in the quality of information sub-dimension. According to personal and occupational
characteristics, there was a statistically significant difference only in terms of gender with the nursing handover
efficiency of nurses (p<0.05).
Conclusion: Although as a result of study it was determined that handover of nurses took place efficiently, it is required
to conduct further studies on nursing handover process in order to ensure and maintain patient safety.