To make a long story short: Had a loooong 8 hour shift on a Med Surg unit (42 bed capacity). In our last staff meeting, the manager has decided to decrease the CNA load from the previous 9-12 patients to 6 (Day & Eve)-8 (Night) patients to improve patient care and decrease the fall rates. Nurses still have 5-6 patients regardless of the shift. With that being said, I feel like I'm doing more work and working harder now than before. Don't get me wrong, but I really appreciate my CNAs and the work that they do because they do a lot better than I could ever do it (and faster). My mom is a CNA at the hospital I work at and I hear the things that she has said about her unit (Long Term Care). I seem to be answering more call lights for diaper changes, emptying urinals, refilling water, and etc. The CNAs take their "mandatory" breaks, have time to talk story with other co-workers in the hidden corners of the unit or in the kitchen having a "dinner party" while I'm running around like crazy. I have a pedometer on me and I walked almost 8000 steps on my shift. [*Sigh* There's my ranting for the day and hopefully I can sleep.]
So I was just wondering what your unit's CNA to Patient ratio is and if you have had experiences similar to mine. And what have you done to minimize the situation? Maybe I could make some suggestions with my manager or something.