What is your usual nurse-patient ratio in your unit? - page 2

Dear fellow nurses! If it is ok with you, please specify the hospital and its location and the usual nurse-patient ratio in your unit where you are presently working. This may serve as an... Read More

  1. by   WSU_Ally_RN
    I work in a large hospital in Cleveland, in the Transfer Unit. A usual day is to have 12 beds full with 4 nurses taking the beds (each with 3 patients) and a free charge nurse. On nights, the charge nurse usually takes an assignment, so they all end up with 3 pts a piece. On a really crazy day when we are short staffed, or if we happen to have numerouls ICU pt's, someone could end up with 4 pts.
  2. by   AfloydRN
    I work in a large teaching institution in MI. I work Cardiac ICU- 2 patients daily- max is 3. When I work the Cardiac Care Unit unfortunately not staffed as well, I get 5-6.
  3. by   extreme
    Most of you who have posted to this thread are having a good nurse-patient ratio. Though I know that there a lot of nurses, especially, in Texas and Florida are complaining of high nurse-patient ratio.
  4. by   GrnHonu99
    Neuro ICU in the SW. Ratio is 2:1 unless you are working with a barbs patient then it is 1:1. We have 32 beds, if all are full we have 16 nurses, 2 unit coordinators, 2 aides and 2 clinical leads (who dont take pts). At times we may have a manager on the floor but not too often bc I work nights.
  5. by   nursemary9
    I work in Chicago; teaching Hospital; level 1 trauma center;
    I work a med/surg/hem/onc unit; I work 8 hr shifts, nights.

    Our ratio's days 4 or 5:1; PM's the same and nite 5-6:1.

    On nights we generally have a CNA--occasionally two; on days they generally have 2 CNA's.

    Mary Ann
  6. by   RN007
    You lucky people. At the hospital where I do clinicals (outside of Knoxville, Tenn.), the ratio is 10:1 on all med-surg floors, with 1 LPN passing meds and maybe a CNA, but often not at nights. I'd like to work at this facility but in psych (lower ratio, great reputation), ER or in a unit for sure -- NOT working a floor.

    Happy New Year!
  7. by   Lorie P.
    try 6-9:1!! total care patients on a busy med/surg floor. you have 3 needs prepped for colonoscopies ( bed-ridden), 2 or more who have dementia ( won't stay in the bed, alarms ringing all the time) a drama queen , who whines about everything, another going into dt's and a couple that are about to expire, a typical night for me.
    these patients only have 1 nurse to take care of them. so i spend my time with those that need me the most and kinda just listen out for those that are almost normal!!
  8. by   SteveNNP
    When I work NICU, I get anywhere from 1-3 pts depending on their acuity. When I work PICU, it's usually 1:1, rarely 2:1, sometimes 1:2!!!


    This is in NW SC.

    Stevern21
  9. by   DolphinRN84
    I work in a Level I Trauma hospital- med/surg (Vascular Surgical Unit) I work a day/night rotation 40 hrs a week. On days its up to 4 without an aide...5-6 with an aide. On nights you can get up to 5-6- sometimes 7 rarely 8. It's not too bad but these patients are really sick and very medically involved.
  10. by   errnbm
    can anyone tell me staff patient ratio for er. thanks
  11. by   crb613
    Quote from nurse hobbit
    try 6-9:1!! total care patients on a busy med/surg floor. you have 3 needs prepped for colonoscopies ( bed-ridden), 2 or more who have dementia ( won't stay in the bed, alarms ringing all the time) a drama queen , who whines about everything, another going into dt's and a couple that are about to expire, a typical night for me.
    these patients only have 1 nurse to take care of them. so i spend my time with those that need me the most and kinda just listen out for those that are almost normal!!
    i hear ya!!! i thought we worked in the same place until i saw you were from ga!
  12. by   nrsang97
    I also work in a large teaching hospital in MI. I currently work Neuro ICU where I have just finished my orinetation. We have 1-2 patients depending on acuity. Max is 3 and I haven't seen anyone with 3 patients since starting there. We are usually well staffed and able to be 1:1 as needed.

    When I worked in med surg at a smaller community hospital (same system I work in now.) I would have 6-7 patients on the 3-11p shift. Some days six was totally manageable and some days not. Depending on unit acuity. Days also had 6-7, and MN had 8-10. No monitors on this unit.

    At my first position (teaching hospital also different system.), we had 10-11 pts on 7p-7a shift. We had 1 aide for 32 pts. Nurse did all VS except for temps. All accuchecks also. I could have 6/11 patients on monitors. Assiginments were very heavy and I always felt like I was drowning. We had 6-8 on the 7a-7p shift.
  13. by   Kait
    On the surgical ward, 6:1 with one LPN shared between four nurses. On the medical ward, 8:1 but you have your own LPN for part of the day.

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