I had an interview for a position on a cardiac stepdown unit. The unit receives patients who have undergone cardiac procedures such as open heart, cath lab, and etc. She said a lot of patients come down with drips and what have you and I was quite shocked when she said the patient ratio was 5 patients to 1 nurse. I graduate in May with my BSN and am currently precepting in an ICU in a small rural hospital where the patient ratio is about 1 to 2 maybe 3 sometimes. But usually nurses who receive a drip pt only have two patients to care for that day. I guess things are different at a bigger hospital but I just wanted to ask to be sure. The interviewer did mention they had the highest turnover rate in the hospital for patients with many of them being discharged everyday. I didn't think to ask if these were discharges home or to the floor.