New agency nurse .. is 40 patients normal ? - page 3

I was a float pool nurse at a hospital right out of school and this is my first week as an agency nurse. My first assignment was at a nursing home and when I got there I was told I had 40 patients on the evening shift. So I... Read More

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    Quote from ORRN520
    I moved to Oregon after working at a hospital for 7.5 mths out of college and could not find a job due to not enough nursing experience past 1 yr and had to revert to agency nursing. I had a few assignments like that at a nursing home but demanded to only take the assignment if I was on the Skilled Hall. There you will have less Pts to manage and there are approximately 10-15 patients but not all high acuity...IV meds and dressing changes. There should be a ring binder with each patient's picture and name in it.

    Remember, this is your license you are putting into jeopardy. Protect it.
    I know I am risking opening the endless debate about med aides, but at least here in OR most large NH's have med aides and it takes some of the ouch out of going into an unfamiliar building. Are you in the PDX area?

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    I remember the first time I went to a nursing home while working for an agency. No one had wrist bands on, and only a few residents had their pics in the chart. So, I'd ask the aides where's Mrs. so n so? Answer, oh she's the little old white haired lady, with glasses across the room (dining hall, full of little ol' ladies with white hair and glasses). Now which one would that be? If you are a regular employee you can handle those numbers of pts. because you know them. But, coming in cold, yikes! I have not worked with med techs, and they are becoming more popular here, but I don't think I really like the idea much.
    Liz
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    My hat is off to anyone who can handle that. I hope that everyone is either OK with it, or moving on quickly. I get a sick feeling in my stomach just considering those ratios. I don't think I could do it.


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