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What is the maximum number of patients per nurse? - page 8

Worst Case Scenario: What is the maximum number of patients per nurse on your Medical/Surgical floor? Which shift? Which state? How often do you find yourself in such a situation? ... Read More

  1. Visit  SusuMarieRN profile page
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    Medical Oncology..

    Days 1:4/5 with 2-3 techs.. Eve 1:5/6 with 2-3 techs .. Night 1:8/10 with 1-2 techs
  2. Visit  Junebug0710 profile page
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    Med tele. Max 4 on days, 5 eves, 6 noc. No CNA on noc
  3. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    I work in Neurology. 3 of us work on 60 patients at day and two at night. Some 30 of those 60 are really bad and in most cases had bad strokes and can't move. I work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    We work 12 hours shifts.

    12/24;12/48.
  4. Visit  BrittaneyColvin profile page
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    I am from New Mexico. We do not take more than 7 on the day shift, our nurse manager will come in and take patients before he has us take 8. Most of the time our ratios are 5 or 6 to 1, which I think is the maximum you should take for high quality care. 7 is the maximum amount for safe care and not the most high quality, attentive care. 12 + is crazy and dangerous. There is no way you can give safe care much less quality care to that many patients on any shift, your nurse manager needs to get out and care for that many patients so he can see for himself! Maybe that will make him staff better, then again it is your license on the line so he doesn't care.
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  5. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    12/24;12/48.
    That's our schedule how we work. 12 hours day shift, 24 hours rest. Then 12 hours night shift, and after that 48 hours rest. But I do only day shifts, so I work 12 hours, and rest 36 hours. Which is very hard because on day we have incredible amount of job to do. We change diapers, sheets and pajamas on our patients that can't move 3-4 times a day.

    Well in my country nurse unemployment is very high. In our hospitals almost 50% are non-medical staff. And nobody cares. You simply have to run all day and do job that 3 nurses should do. If you won't, they'll simply find another one to do it and fire you.

    In Neurology at day shift we have 4-6 doctors and 3 nurses. And it si unbearable.
    Last edit by Aleksandarcox on Feb 17, '14
  6. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    So to be clear. Our ratio at day is 20:1 and at night 30:1.

    And we do everything. Change diapers, sheets, pajamas, wash patients, transfer patients, manually (by hand) transfer patients from one bed to another, which is very hard. We prepare and give I.V. I.M. per os therapy, and all other things from care to therapy. And we do all hard physical work too.
  7. Visit  HyperSaurus, RN profile page
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    On night shift, we could either take up to 13 (rare, 10 was typically the max) as part of an RN + LPN team, or up to 6 (also rare, but becoming increasingly common, with the 6th being an admit sometime overnight) as primary RN. We don't have any aides. I was from a ?36? bed medical/oncology with tele unit.

    On days, they would have up to 7 (rarely 8) with an RN + LPN team, or up to 4 as primary RN. Still no aides.

    I moved to NICU, with a max of 5 very stable infants with RN + LPN team, or max of 3 as primary RN, assuming acuity allowed for it.
  8. Visit  DeLanaHarvickWannabe profile page
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    Quote from Aleksandarcox
    I work in Neurology. 3 of us work on 60 patients at day and two at night. Some 30 of those 60 are really bad and in most cases had bad strokes and can't move. I work in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

    We work 12 hours shifts.

    12/24;12/48.
    How are ratios for other departments, like ICU?
  9. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    ICU is one of the best departments to work in my surrounding. Ratio is 1:5-7.
  10. Visit  ICULINDA profile page
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    ICU ratio 1:2 or 1:1.

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  11. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    I know that's how it should be, but that's situation in my country.
  12. Visit  ICULINDA profile page
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    Quote from Aleksandarcox
    ICU is one of the best departments to work in my surrounding. Ratio is 1:5-7.
    Wow, that ratio for ICU seems dangerous and overwhelming. How do you do it?

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  13. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    Well, it will be all clear to you if I say that that is one of the easiest departments for work. Compared to others where are immobile patients like Neurology, Traumatology, Oncology. In Traumatology ratio is 10:1 at day, and 15:1 at night. And all patients are immobile. I hope I made it clear.

    We simply are 300% efficient. You just run, run, and run... that's how we do it. It is very, very hard and when I get home I'm dead... I just go to bed and sleep.
    I'm in Neurology btw. If I was in ICU It would be much easier for me. Much smaller place, with more workers and less patients.


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