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What is the maximum number of patients per nurse? - page 9

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  Aleksandarcox profile page
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  2. Visit  MECO28 profile page
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    I will never complain about staffing again ever. 20 patients!!!!???!!! How often are you expected to check on them?
  3. Visit  DeLanaHarvickWannabe profile page
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    Quote from Aleksandarcox
    If I was in ICU It would be much easier for me. Much smaller place, with more workers and less patients.
    But aren't those patients much sicker? And probably immobile as well?
  4. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    @MECO28
    You are expected to always be somewhere around them.
  5. Visit  Aleksandarcox profile page
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    Quote from DeLanaHarvickWannabe
    But aren't those patients much sicker? And probably immobile as well?
    They are sicker and immobile, but job that you have to do with them is similar to those in Neurology.
    Change sheets, diapers, pajamas, prepare and give therapy, feed them, turn them in bed, etc.
    It is more stressful, but it is also physically much less demanding, because ICU department is much smaller and you have better nurse : patient ratio.
  6. Visit  JennRN423 profile page
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    What's the max # of pts per nurse on your Med/Surg floor? Max # would be 7-8.
    Which shift? 7pm - 7am
    Which state? Alabama
    How often do you find yourself in such a situation? Not too often. A normal load is usually 5-6 pts with 1 tech. And days get 2 techs.
  7. Visit  SusuMarieRN profile page
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    I work med-surg oncology .. from 7-11pm I am assigned 4-6 pts & 11-730am I pick up more .. so average 8-10 patients .. depending on the census + staffing (& budget..)
  8. Visit  cynmrn profile page
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    I work in IMCU, mostly cardiac/medical step-down unit. I work a 12 hour noc shift (1900-0700) and our maximum is 5:1, but usually, our ratio is 4:1. Very occasionally, we will have 3:1. Depending on staffing/census, we have either one or two techs on the floor. This is at a smaller hospital in Oregon. Some of these ratios make me have the horrors! I have a hard enough time some nights with this small of a load as a newer nurse, much less the numbers I have seen you all post!
    Last edit by cynmrn on Jun 4, '14 : Reason: added info
  9. Visit  MidLifeRN2012 profile page
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    30 bed psych unit. 10 pt each nurse. But most of our patients are PO only with an occasional IM med or insulin.

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