nurse to patient ratio

  1. What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?
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  2. Poll: how many patients is each nurse assigned where you work?

    • 1 to 2

      10.98% 9
    • 3 to 4

      8.54% 7
    • 5 to 6

      39.02% 32
    • 7 to 8

      19.51% 16
    • 9 to 10

      2.44% 2
    • 10 +

      19.51% 16
    82 Votes
  3. 16 Comments

  4. by   rnmaven
    Quote from StacyKingRN
    What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?
    Critical Care 2:1 for the most part.....if we're short, 3:1
    Med/Surg up to 8:1
    Telemetry 6:1

    New Jersey
  5. by   Tweety
    Pretty much the same as RNmaven.
  6. by   grandma rn38
    on evenings it is 8 to 1 and nights it's 12 to 1 or more.
  7. by   PrncessK
    I work in Tele, and it is 4:1 on days and 5:1 on nights.
  8. by   4EverStudent
    It would be more accurate if you were asking about a particular shift On my shift nights maximum is 8 to 1, days usually take 4 to 1 and evenings max is 6 to one.
  9. by   GPatty
    I work 6p-6:30a in LTC. I usually have 52-54 patients.
    4 g-tubes, a various number of IV's.......
    Most folks sleep all night though....
  10. by   PeninsulaRN
    Quote from StacyKingRN
    What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?
    I work med/onc. We're on 12s.

    On days it is 1:5-6
    Nights it is 1:6-7
  11. by   busyrninva
    I work on a Med?Surg and Pediatric floor on days we have 12, but we consist of a team: One RN, one LPN and a CNA. On evenings we have 7 and on nights anything goes.
    Looking for a new location to work.
  12. by   Dixielee
    I work in a very busy ER where the ratio is 4:1 for the acute care side. Fast track is 6:1. I have worked in many different ER's and a 4:1 ratio is perfect. You can get swamped if you have a code, a bad bleeder or acute MI, but there is always someone to help you when you need it.
  13. by   Loribabble
    Limited stay / observation (med-surg, no tele)
    Nocs=max 4:1 but usually 2-3:1
    with a MA until 2300
  14. by   Imagin8tion
    My last job med/surg in a small community hospital days were assigned 3-4 patients, eve 5-6 pt's and nocs no more than 8. We did not utilize aids/techs plus the RN's were responsible for an LPN's pt load also. I currently work in an inner city ER were trauma/cardiac sections 4-5 pts, non-monitored beds 6-15(includes chairs and locked room), fast track 7, usually with 1-2 tech's.


    ~Christina~
  15. by   StudentNurseShaun
    I am on placement in a unit that looks after patients with respiratory and endocrinology abnormalities. there are (if you're lucky) 2 trained nurses (RGNs) and 1-2 Health/care assistances looking after 31 patients. I am interested to find out if there is a legal framework that states how many nurses are needed for said amount of patients.

    shaun

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