I am thinking about moving to Hawaii and was wondering if any RNs currently working in HI can give me an idea of approximately how many patients they care for on a med-surg floor? I know that this is not state mandated, but do different hospitals have policies and procedures in place to ensure that nurses are not assigned too many patients to ensure they can provide safe patient care?
I'm from California, where the nurse-patient ratio is currently 1:5 on a med-surg floor and just want to see what I should expect if I move.
Thanks for the help!
May 5, '07
There is no standardized nurse-to-patient ratio in Hawaii. I would suggest contacting the nurse managers in the hospitals in which you are interested to get the actual ratio.
Bear in mind that the ratio may change if they are short-staffed on a particular shift. There simply are no guarantees here.
I believe that the present nurse-patient ratio on med-surg is approximately 1:6 or 7 or 8 or 9, depending on the shift, night shift being worse. If you are coming here you most certainly would be placed on a night shift.
May 5, '07
Straub 1:5 I believe. you also have nurse's aides to assist you
Hawaii Medical Center East?
Hawaii Medical Center West : I believe is 1:4 but that is primary care nursing... no aides
Queens/ Castle i believe are higher. i have had the opportunity to work there but not on the med/surg floors..
Aug 26, '07
Aloha~ I called queen's nurse recruiter the other day and they said 1:4 on days and 1:5-6 nights...on M/S floors...never really know though...
Good luck and Aloha!