Inpatient center patient load

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    Hello fellow hospice nurses! I have some questions for those who work in inpatient centers. How many patients at your facility? What is your patient load? Also, how many CNA's per patient in your center. Thanks so much for your responses!
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    Hello fellow hospice nurses! I have some questions for those who work in inpatient centers. How many patients at your facility? What is your patient load? Also, how many CNA's per patient in your center. Thanks so much for your responses!
    We have a 24 bed facility broken into two 12 bed units. All have private rooms. Days and evenings there are 3 staff per 12 patients, a RN, an LPN and a Care Aide. Night shift has an RN on each unit and an LPN on one unit and a CNA on the other, but we are changing the night CNA to a LPN within the next month. We are really well staffed and know how lucky we are as in our area no one else has the same staffing levels. RNs on nights are also going to be responsible for first call for patients at home who need assistance and if we can't help over the phone we will call an on call nurse.
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    We have a small hospice, not considered inpatient because it is so small. But we have 6 beds and 1 nurse, 2 aides
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    We have a 30 bed hospice house.

    2 nurses minimum regardless of load (someone has to witness waste).

    The goal is 6 pt per nurse for nights and 4 on days.

    1 aide for 12 patients and 2 aides for above that. RNs only.
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    Six bed hospice house, with one nurse, one HHA.
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    A hospital unit, 5 to 1 on days and 8 to 1 from 11-07. All registered staff.
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    Always have two nurses minimum-one is RN. 9-12 patients 3 nurses except at night.
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    We have a ten bed unit staffed with ONE RN and one HHA for up to seven pt's...if we have more pt's (8-10), we are given an additional LPN. USUALLY agency, usually hasn't been there prior, and legally, cannot perform admissions, obviously.

    Interestingly, if our pt's are general inpatients (higher acuity) those #'s stand. If the seven are a mix of routine homecare inpatients and general inpatients, NO EXTRA LPN.

    Our computerized charting takes an average of 45"/pt if one is very rapid (both rapid at answering assmt questions and typing; which thankfully, I am!), and a total admission takes no less than three hours to complete under the PERFECT CIRCUMSTANCES. Thus, on an average day, with say five pt's, and an admission, that adds up to around eight hours charting (plus much more if many new orders are received, if there are any incidents whatsoever, and so on...)

    There is no unit clerk, no one to answer the phones on days, which ring approx every 5-10". Sometimes we have to break our pt care into three minute time segments. It is a tremendous, almost impossible challenge to ensure pt's receive optimal care, families receive optimal comfort, and other, ancillary staff (MD/SW/chaplain/managers, etc...) receive the necessary info to do their jobs.

    All I can say is you get darn awesome at prioritizing and time management or you don't last long. Of course, no one has but one 3" bathroom break, you eat while moving, and you are lucky to drink water over 12 hours. I come home so exhausted that I'm lucky to take off my clothes before falling into bed after a thirteen hour day (am/pm report included) & family knows better than to talk to me after work.

    I adore hospice...the way it was ten years ago. I still adore the pt's and the idea of giving the care I'd hope I'm giving...but its easy to wonder whether that is possible anymore. Hope whomever is getting wealthy (corporate biggies) due to keeping our staffing #'s so low is REALLY ENJOYING the money they're getting, because dying people & their families are getting shortchanged no matter how you choose to look at it!

    Still, I do my very, very best wherever I can and pray it makes a difference. My patients tell me they are thankful for me...I always wish I could tell them "ooh, you'd be so much happier if I was able to give you the care I WANT to give you!"... :0(


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