The nurse is preparing to transfer a client from the ICU to the floor. Which of the following ensures continuity of care for the client? Select all that apply.

  • using approved abbreviations in documenting care
  • providing report on the client using standard hand-off reports
  • informing the receiving nurse of pending lab results and when they are expected
  • informing the receiving nurse of any care that needs to be done, such as bathing
  • telling the receiving nurse that the family is demanding and asks too many questions
Numbers 1, 2, 3, and 4 are correct.
Ensuring continuity of care is especially important when the client is being transferred to another area of the hospital. Options 1, 2, 3, and 4 are guidelines that ensure continuity of care. Addressing pending lab results, listing client requests that the nurse was unable to do, and informing the receiving nurse of upcoming medications or glucose checks that will need to be done shortly after the client arrives make it easier for the receiving nurse to be sure that upcoming tests or medications are not missed. Complaining about the family is unprofessional and takes the focus away from client needs. A smooth transition is essential to ensure that no orders are overlooked. The nurse should be prepared to answer questions from the receiving nurse if needed for clarification after the client is transferred.