Med Surg Nurses: How many patients do you care for?

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    Hi all! How many patients are you allowed to care of at a time on your med surg floor during days or nights? In our hospital, on days, we go up to 6 and night shift can take up to 7. Just curious. I work at a hospital near Chicago.

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    California max is 5 on med surg

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    turnforthenurseRN, kalevra, and noyesno like this.
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    6 on day/PM shift. 7 on nights.

    5 would be much better (but I don't make the rules).
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    It can technically go up to 8 on either days or nights but they try to keep days at 6. That's the standard for all the floors. I work tele/icu step down and 8 can be crazy with cardiac drips and lots of active chest pain and positive troponins to call. When pulled to the other floors 8 isn't too bad.

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    6-7 on a normal night, but if you were to ask our boss she says never more than 5. She's full of it.
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    6-8 patients a shift on med surg! I live in California, we have legislation that caps the nurse to patient ratio. I just find one nurse to 6 patients on med surg scary.
    joanna73 and CherylRNBSN like this.
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    Quote from cheez1285
    Hi all! How many patients are you allowed to care of at a time on your med surg floor during days or nights? In our hospital, on days, we go up to 6 and night shift can take up to 7. Just curious. I work at a hospital near Chicago.
    I have 4 patients max if working step-down and 5 patients if working med-surg. These ratios are the same for days and nights
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    I work on a surgery unit, but we also get medicine patients when gen med floors are full. 3-4 on days and 5 on nights.
    Last edit by MInurse.st on Jan 7, '13 : Reason: typo
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    Do you guys think having 6 patients on a med surg floor on days is too much? Just curious to see what people think!
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    Quote from cheez1285
    Do you guys think having 6 patients on a med surg floor on days is too much? Just curious to see what people think!
    Honestly sometimes I feel like 5 keeps me pretty busy, so I can't imagine having 6 on days. If you had 6 walkie talkie independent pts maybe, but that is never how it works out.


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