Since graduating from nursing school
7 years ago, I've worked step-down. 2 year's on a general step-down unit....it was a 34 bed unit....8 of the beds were step-down. I always worked down the step-down hall and the nurse patient ratio was 6:1 R.N. and that was a bit much.
Now I work a cardiac step-down ward.
Well I've decided to return to general step-down unit. (or some other speciality)
I had a job interview
today. I'm not sure if the units a "good" nurse patient ratio.
An idea of the unit, it gets any and everything. (surgical, titrating drips, etc.) It's a non-teaching hospital. The patient ratio is 5:1 R.N. and about 8:1 P.C.A.'s (aides) The manager didn't mention about A-lines and C.V.P. lines but there's a syllabus of things I'd need to know and be tested....and C.V.P. and A-lines are on the list.
So what do you think of the nurse patient ratio????