This will probably start a big cat fight, however that is not my intention. I am honestly curious.
ICU nurses feel they have the toughest job, because the patient acuity is higher. Floor nurses feel they have the toughest because they have more patients, less monitors, more visitors, etc.
I'd love to hear from some of the nurses that have done both. As a floor nurse, I honestly can not see how three patients on vents and monitors can be any harder than 8-12 patients on the floor, BUT I've not done ICU, so I can't say. Someone please enlighten me. thanks
Dec 7, '01
Our ICU does not have an MD sleeping down the hallway. Have a resident from 7-3 about 3-4 days week; 7-12noon the other 2-3 days; Sundays off. And the opposite occurs of the patient who was bumped to the floor--we ALWAYS take more patients...our nurses in ICU have been known to take up to 4 patients; they never bump down to med-surg or telemetry.
But as I said in my previous post, it's apples and oranges. Not one is harder than the other; they are DIFFERENT.
Last edit by Zee_RN on Dec 7, '01