I'm a new grad RN and just got my first job working days on a M/S floor. I will start in two weeks and was informed that you carry 6 pts per RN on this floor. In all my years of working in healthcare I've never, ever seen a 1:6 RN/patient ratio. I know it's out there but I've never seen it. How is that even possible?
I'm absolutely terrified of my new job after hearing this and now don't even want to do it. To me it just sounds wildly unsafe. I don't even know how you can keep up with the assessments, meds, and many needs of 6 M/S patients. I'm already anticipiating how horrible this new job will be and dreading it so much that I've developed stomach pain.
Any advice on how to manage 6 patients at once????