OMG--my panties are in a bunch just thinking about eventually I will be expected to take 5 patients on the oncology/med floor. I can barely manage 2!! :uhoh21:
Last night I had a very needy patient who required most of my time -- thank goodness my other patient was peacefully sleeping most of the night. There are just sooooo many little things I have to remember to do (I keep an organization sheet with me to stay on track, but still...!) -- mainly charting which much of seems very redundant. Don't ya just love JCAHO?
I've only been actually on the floor less than a week total and I'm pretty much left on my own unless I have questions. My preceptor is so busy herself I feel like I'm bothering her with my questions.
Actually I found out they just changed the nurse/patient ratio from 3 pt. to 1 RN, to 5 pt. to 1 RN within the last few days (when I first got there the ratio was 3 patients to 1 nurse and it seemed much more doable). I'm supposed to be up to 5 patients by October 19th -- yeah...right...
Anyone else out there in oncology? What is your nurse to patient ratio? This nurse/patient ratio seems so unsafe to me on a high acuity floor. Any advice on how to handle this expectation? I just don't see how I'll be ready to take on 5 patients by October 19th -- if I was on med/surg I think I could do it, but not on this floor!
Thanks for your input and thanks for letting me vent before I go crash for the day. Gotta go back tonight.
P.S. I forgot to mention we also have tele patients...