Safe / practical nurse to patient ratio (SNF)
- 3To all my friends and fellow nursing family out there! We need to raise awareness to to the often overlooked nurse to patient ratios in Skilled Nursing Facilities! If anything I would ask that you would take the time to read this. If you want any further info or have questions feel free to ask.
Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF's), also referred to as Long Term Care or Nursing Homes, nurse to patient ratios typically range from 20-59 patients per nurse depending on the shift. The large misconception that only the elderly reside at these types of settings who need little more care than having their medications given to them on time simply is false.
The type of care at these facilities range from patients with gastronomy / tracheotomy tubes, have large or multiple wounds, post-op patients, psyche as well as brain injured or mentally handicapped patients vary from 18 years of age and up.
The average nurse/patient ratio at a Hosp. is 1:6. The current ratios at SNF's is simply too high to attain the highest practicable physical, mental or psychosocial well-being these patients deserve.Last edit by TheCommuter on Feb 19 : Reason: TOS
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- 4Feb 19 by bebbercornI would feel more strongly about a petition that addresses staffing across the board. Also, I'd be cautious about reaching for hospital ratios, as these are patients who are acutely ill, sometimes 1:6 is too much, too! I do agree that 20-59 patients is too much for a SNF and unsafe... just bringing up another part of the equation.
- 1Feb 19 by LadyFree28Quote from bebbercornThere is a safe staffing bill in the House as well as the Senate; it address staffing in hospitals; it MAY (don't quote me) have ratios for "skilled floors" as well.I would feel more strongly about a petition that addresses staffing across the board. Also, I'd be cautious about reaching for hospital ratios, as these are patients who are acutely ill, sometimes 1:6 is too much, too! I do agree that 20-59 patients is too much for a SNF and unsafe... just bringing up another part of the equation.
A fellow poster posted a link in another thread; check it out in the Nursing Activism forum and contact your Senator
- 0Feb 24 by LadyFree28This thread has the safe staffing acts proposed ratios; SNF is on the list as well:
- 1Feb 26 by sumo12I totally agree! I have 19 residents. 5 bariatric, 8 that cannot feed themselves, 2 that are highly combative, 6 high-maintenance ringers, and only 1 that is self care. Most of the time I ony have 1 cna per shift for the whole floor. It's way too much for 1 cna and 1 nurse. None of the residents get "top if the line" care. We do the best we can, and mgmt comes to us and complains that our medcart is turned the wrong way! It's crazy, mgmt needs to get their priorities in line.