What's your patient load? - page 3
by germsjackson 6,355 Views | 29 Comments
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
- 0Dec 18, '12 by DC CollinsAfter 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!
- 0Dec 29, '12 by chuckzTrauma 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.
- 0Jan 18, '13 by moonriseRNI 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.