20 Patients for 1 CNA??

  1. I would like to know if its like this at your facility. Is this a normal cna to pt. ratio?
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   Glycerine82
    depends on what shift and what kind of unit.....
  4. by   Jaynie_Marie
    What kind of facility and unit are you on? Also what shift? Knowing these facts will help you to receive the information/comparisons you are asking for.

    I work LTC, and on the 11-7 shift at my facility we usually have approx 40-45 residents per two CNAs. On 7-3 and 3-11 shifts the ratio is usually approx 14-16 residents per two CNAs.
  5. by   Mell101
    LTC facility and 3-11pm.
  6. by   i_love_patient_care
    20 patients for one CNA on PM shift is way too many if you're working LTC.
  7. by   CNACJ
    If all 20 residents need help with everything like changing briefs, eating, ect then yes that's to much on one CNA
  8. by   rosey200735
    20 residents per evening shift is way too many. Run away from this place and fast
  9. by   Mell101
    Quote from rosey200735
    20 residents per evening shift is way too many. Run away from this place and fast
    Unfortunately in my subconscious i was aware that that is probably too many pts for one cna but i cant quit a job i just got hired for. I guess i'll just suck it up and do my job to the best of my abilities.
  10. by   truckinusa
    I've had 20 residents under my care at limited times and situations, but it is usually 15:1 or under(state law says 7:1 here, but that inlcudes nurses). The worst situation is to have 20 residents and a nurse that doesn't help.
  11. by   blwilliams10
    It depends on the shift. I run my whole unit which is 26 beds on a locked psych unit by myself at night, which can suck if things get crazy. But someone gotta do it, I'm in nursing school and specializing in psych so it is good by me at the end of the day.
  12. by   funtimes
    Depends on the unit, how many RNs are working, and the duties of the CNA. Some hospitals and units basically just use the CNAs to take vital signs, answer call lights and help out when needed, with the RNs doing the bulk of the care and charting. In most places the CNAs/techs do and chart just about everything that doesn't require an RN license. If its the latter its really tough trying to keep track of activities and meals, hygeine and I/O and vitals etc on 20 people, no matter how acute they are.
  13. by   gabrown68
    I work in LTC I am a day shift CNA. I have 20 patients and sometimes more than that.
    When I finally get off work I am so exhausted I cannot enjoy time with my family and I can't hold my head up to eat sometimes. I rarely get a lunch break. I'm headed for a burnout fast.
    I had a total hysterectomy 3 months ago and I'm still hurting from that due to the hormone changes.
    With that, I other stresses to join it.
    When can I say enough is enough?
    I'm getting too old to do this patient load.
  14. by   kai_altair
    When none of my coworkers show up(happens frequently), I get the entire floor to myself, which is at the very least 35 residents

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