1. Greet staff on duty.
  2. Ask for oral information on major happenings on the ward from the outgoing nurse.
  3. Read written ward reports.
  4. Enquire sensitive information about patients at the nurses’ office.
  5. Take over ward from bed to bed verifying the state of all patients; especially the seriously ill.
  6. Establish rapport with patients during taking over and ask about general health.
  7. Conduct inspection of ward with the outgoing staff.
  8. Ensure resources needed for work are available and adequate and take over controlled medication.
  9. Counter-sign written ward report.
  10. Note important issues and document.
  11. Congratulate out-going staff.