Just post the reasonable patient load for the nurse to manage in
1. medical ward
2. surgical ward
May 1, '09
It all depends on how the unit operates, how many techs, how many fresh post ops. Definitely no more than 6 on a med/surg floor, with the average being 4 or 5. With all the isolations you have these days, you have to be reasonable.
ICU usually has 2 pts as max. We have a cardiac care unit that staffs no more than 3 pts per nurse, but no charge nurse. That can be dicey sometimes without the logistical support. That unit is a MRSA free cardiac stepdown where the post open hearts go, plus other major surgeries such as lobectomies, endarectomies, ect. The tele unit I work on averages 3-5 pts, with a charge nurse signing off orders, but not as many techs as the med/surg unit. The desk gets really crazy because of the high turnover in a tele unit but I feel as if my pt load is doable.