What's your patient load? - page 3

by germsjackson

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I'm still orienting but I take on about 5-6 patients. Normally we will have 6-7 sometimes 8. I work in NYC. What are the ratios in other states or hospitals? 7 patients is crazy! Granted, not all are super sick, but still, time... Read More


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    After thinking about it, I am not sure any of these numbers have a lot of meaning. While, as I posted above, our 'standard' is three, often with a fourth 'hallway appropriate' patient, we are expected to get our patients out within 2 hours in most cases (admitted or discharged). So we are just as busy as those with 'up to 12+' each, I would *assume*.

    I can't imagine moving those patients very quickly when, as the math calls for, you only get to spend 5 minutes per patient per hour. YIKES!

    DC
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    I'm in uk our ratio in resus room in Am is 4 patients max to 1 nurse in majors we are also 4 patients to 1 nurse throughout the day but a night shift it could be 7 patients to 1 nurse
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    Wow I'm an RN at a very busy level 1 trauma center in CA and we max out at 4 pts each. T
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    Quote from stodeee
    Wow I'm an RN at a very busy level 1 trauma center in CA and we max out at 4 pts each. T
    You have a union.....
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    Trauma 1.

    Cat1...High acuity Usually 2-3, but have had 6 when busy
    Cat2...Pts don't need to be monitored, but can be sick. Usually 7, but have had as high as 20.
    Cat3/peds. Laceration, ob and peds. Usually 6 or so but can be as high as 20.

    MHT...Mental health....6 at the most.

    I am in one of the busiest ERs in the country. It's crazy but I love it.....most of the time.
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    Here in Texas, every ER I've worked in the nurses have 3-4 patients. Except the county facility, where we could have as many as 30 (gasp!)...
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    Each nurse has 4 rooms with the potential for 1 hallway pt, which we frequently have.
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    Within 2 hours?! Any chest pain who comes in typically has 90 min enzymes (or I think should). That seems crazy. I don't think many of our patients get out in under 2 hours.
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    Level 1 Trauma Unit 3:1 in all areas except hold area which is 4:1 and Resus Bays which are 3:2.
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    I work at a very busy Level 1 Trauma in NYC and also have a union but that doesn't stop me from having 4 super critical patients (resus pts), 10-16pts to 1 nurse in a urgent area (includes chest pain, seizures, etc.). I am praying for the day I have 6-7 pts. When are we going to get that safe staffing legislation approved here?! I am waiting! This is not safe.


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