Best staffed specialty?????

  1. i pose this question, because i am curious what everyone thinks. i've decided i'd like to work in the 'best staffed' specialty :chuckle . we all seem to think "the other units" get staffing priority. so i'm wondering if anyone will admit to working in a specialty that is (or better yet, has to be) the best staffed.
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  3. by   newadventure
    I did an observation in NICU and they said that they are very well staffed and can't remember the last time any one as asked to pick up extra shifts. The biggest bonus they stated...No heavy lifting!
  4. by   begalli
    ICU and the work is sooooooooo interesting.

    The ratios have been no more that 2:1 in CA since the '70's. From what I've read on these boards, for the most part, this is the way it is in at least half the states that are represented by posters here on allnurses.
  5. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Critical care is the best staffed, I think, universally. I have never heard of an ICU, CCU, CVICU, NICU or other "CU" with more than two patients per nurse.

    Recall that these patients are also very intensely needy and can go south in a heart beat.

    You will work hard. But you will have company!
  6. by   cannoli
    How about the customer service nurse's department, I bet that's well staffed.
  7. by   JVanRN
    Quote from cannoli
    How about the customer service nurse's department, I bet that's well staffed.
    sorry but what is that?
  8. by   cannoli
    Quote from jennyRNnicu
    sorry but what is that?

    There is a customer service department that an RN is in charge of, she used to have some other bigwig position in the hospital.
  9. by   ProfRN4
    So, maybe I should rephrase. NOt 'what it's supposed to be' but what is actually happening? Other than in Ca (as a poster replied), are these ratios being maintained, unlike where I work, where peds BMT is supposed to be 2:1 (at most) or on heme/onc, where it should be 3 or 4:1?

    I was looking to see which units are 'never touched' when staff needs to be redistributed, or if a sick call comes it, must be replaced?
    Last edit by ProfRN4 on Jan 5, '05
  10. by   ProfRN4
    Quote from cannoli
    There is a customer service department that an RN is in charge of, she used to have some other bigwig position in the hospital.
    But what does the nurse do? If it involves pt. complaints, it better be staffed well :chuckle :chuckle
  11. by   cannoli
    Quote from bonemarrowrn
    But what does the nurse do? If it involves pt. complaints, it better be staffed well :chuckle :chuckle

    Schmooze, I think. :chuckle
  12. by   wjf00
    NICU where I work is almost always well staffed. Vented pt's are 1:1, Charge nurse has no assignment, we also have a nurse for deliveries that has no assignment, and we try to have a break relief person with no assigment.
  13. by   Sadie04
    Wow! That sounds incredible! I didn't know such a place existed!
  14. by   RN4NICU
    Quote from wjf00
    NICU where I work is almost always well staffed. Vented pt's are 1:1, Charge nurse has no assignment, we also have a nurse for deliveries that has no assignment, and we try to have a break relief person with no assigment.
    I think I want to come work with you!

    It is not at all unusual for nurses in our NICU to have 4 pts (usually 1-2 of the 4 are still on oxygen and/or IVs), and having 2 vents is nothing out of the ordinary either. Almost nothing is 1:1 except maybe HFOV/HFJV and/or INO, and I do not doubt for one minute that they would pair those up too if we were in a staffing pinch (or maybe give one of the other nurses FIVE)

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