Nurses know how important communication is in the midst of their typically fast-paced and hectic day, and without excellent communication skills, time can be wasted. When nurses need to relay information concisely and quickly to physicians, the SBAR communication method is a favorite way of getting information across.

“SBAR was originally developed by the military as a way to standardize communication,” says Kimberly Mays, RN, MSN, MBA, CJCP and RN consultant with the Joint Commission Resources. SBAR crossed over to medical use when nurses with military experience thought the method would help improve practices, especially when relaying information to physicians quickly, she says. “SBAR helps a nurse organize information for why they are calling a physician,” says Mays.

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