pt to nurse ratio

  1. What is the patient to nurse ratio where you work?
    What shift do you work and what area of nursing are you employed in?

    Michelle
    Last edit by michellelpn on Sep 26, '01
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  2. Poll: What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?

    • 1 nurse to 6-8 pts

      80.95% 34
    • 1 nurse to 9-12 pts

      9.52% 4
    • 1 nurse to 13-15 pts

      4.76% 2
    • 1 nurse to 16- 20+ pts

      4.76% 2
    42 Votes
  3. 44 Comments

  4. by   KC CHICK
    Sorry, couldn't vote.......
    Where I work we take care of 1 patient, 1 case at a time... in the OR. The hours are Mon-Fri 0645-1515. Not a bad gig right out of school, huh?
    Last edit by KC CHICK on Sep 27, '01
  5. by   fergus51
    I just floated to a urology/vascular surg floor and the nurses have 8-10 pts with 2 LPNs. Is that the norm?
  6. by   EXOTIC NURSE
    On our tele unit we have 1 RN 1 LPN and 1 CNA to about 15 max patients on the night shift. This type of arrangement is suppose to be called Team Nursing. If I do not speak up then the charge nurse might give me all the patients which could be 20 to 25. I hope they mandate a nurse to patient law soon where there is one nurse to 5 to 6 patients with a CNA that way the patients can get better care.
  7. by   tiger
    so fergus, are you saying three nurses for 8-10 pts.?
  8. by   nilepoc
    You left out any options for ICU nurses.

    here it is 1 nurse, 2 patients.

    Charge nurse gets no assignment.
  9. by   debbyed
    Sorry, I do ER so the answer could range from 1-7 depending what you happen to be doing at the moment.
  10. by   fergus51
    Originally posted by tiger
    so fergus, are you saying three nurses for 8-10 pts.?
    Well, it's one RN and one LPN (and their job description limits them from giving meds or doing a lot of treatments or assessments here) for 8-10 pts.
    Last edit by fergus51 on Sep 27, '01
  11. by   huckfinn
    ROCK ON KC CHICK!

    You must be an OR nurse like me. One patient, one case, one thought. I only worry about the patient I'm with and can only do one case at a time.
    Our actual staff to pt. ratio is usually 3:1 or more.
  12. by   NurseTami
    I work MNs (7p-7a) on a med surg floor.
    Ratio for my shift is 1:8-11 generally, sometimes we have an LPN to do meds and med sheets, sometimes we do not and the ratio has no bearing on whether we do or not and vice versa.
    Day shift runs with 5-7
    Afternoon runs with 6-8
  13. by   misti_z
    Renal floor

    6:30p-7a

    Floor policy is that one nurse (RN or LPN) cannot have more that 6 patients. So 18 patients we have to have at least 3 nurses, 24 patients at least 4 nurses. And we usually have 2 CNAs. Last night was wonderful--4 nurses, 15 patients--I only had 4 patients!!

  14. by   Zee_RN
    ICU --- 2:1 is goal; 3:1 quite common. Charge Nurse has no assignment (but has his/her hands full!).

    12-hour shifts, rotating, 7A-7P or 7P-7A. Individuals can work steady nights but no one is permitted to work steady days.
  15. by   dazedandconfused
    Depends on the shift. I work 7a-7p right now. I can have anywhere from 4( which is rare) to 7. 7p-7a can have 5-7. all these numbers depend on staffing. Lately it has been 5 or six patients with no aid.

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