Quote from heartnursing
When I read the threads from the american nurses it seems like PSW/Pt care techs are on all floors and help with all that stuff and even do blood draws, EKGs, vital signs etc.
That's how they can manage to have the huge nurse
atient ratios that they report. This is actually an important piece of information when it comes to arguing for safe staffing levels. When your manager compares your workload or nurse
atient ratios to "other" similar units, it's vital that they're comparing apples to apples. If the "other" units they're looking at make heavy use of PSW/PCTs then the comparison is inaccurate. My former manager used to tell us all the time that we had the best-staffed unit on the continent (referring to RN staffing) but she never acknowledged that many of the units she was comparing us to had PCTs and we don't. And she never recognized that those other units allowed much more latitude to their nursing assistants for patient care than ours ever will. (Our NAs generally do not touch patients at all, except perhaps to help with turns.) So when you actually compare apples to apples, you have to have all the information.