I graduated from an ADN program and have been working in med/surg day shift for 6 months now. My floor is mainly ortho, but we get a mix of medical patients, and other general surgeries. Overall, I have loved my time learning on M-S these last few months but lately things are getting rather frustrating.
We can float to any unit (cardiac, neuro, hospice, general medical), and at anytime, without notice. Not a huge a deal, but it is guaranteed, one of our nurses will float elsewhere each day. What has become frustrating is our staffing... over the last month, our nurses are consistently having 5-8 patients each day. On the average 5 patients is no big deal, 6 can be tough if some are needy, but 7-8 has become increasingly more common. I can not keep up, I am always behind, and my clinical leader can only say sorry. In addition we have been down a secretary at times, and one of our aides (2 for 20+ people), are often pulled to other units.
What kind of patient loads do you others nurses have? I have come to a point where I can deal with what is on my plate, but my patients get ignored, get average at best care, and it is just not fair to them or myself. That is my rant. Thank you for reading, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.