What is the maximum number of patients per nurse? - page 8
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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? Background: When our nurses... Read More
- 0Jan 6, '13 by flyfarfarawayDays 5 patients per nurse. Sometimes the charge has a full assignment,sometimes she doesn't depending on if there is enough staff for it. There are also 3 CNA's for 30 patients, a monitor tech and a HUC.
On nights there are 6 patients per nurse, the charge has a full patient load and there are 2 CNA's for 30 patients with a monitor tech and HUC.
I'm on a pulmonary unit and it's extrememely busy. It's very common to be hanging 6 or 7 IVPBs a night for one patient.
- 0Jan 25, '13 by CrisleydiHi! I'm only in Highschool and I really want to work with in inside the body. Anatomy! I don't want to be a doctor because its to much pressure .. But I've been reviewing all these comments and I'm reconsidering becoming a surgical nurse, I don't deal well with pressure and too much stress can really mess with me to the point were I just want to sleep my life away. Would nursing do this to me?? I need help. I want to make good money and work in a job I love !! I don't want to wake up every morning dreading to come to work.
- 0Jan 25, '13 by Info(RN)maticsQuote from CrisleydiIt is a high-stress environment - no doubt, you'll have to work hard to earn every penny, and then some! Choosing to become a nurse is choosing to learn to manage multiple (often unreasonable, unnecessary) stressors all at once - even before you think you are capable of it. Many times, it can feel like a thankless job.Hi! I'm only in Highschool and I really want to work with in inside the body. Anatomy! I don't want to be a doctor because its to much pressure .. But I've been reviewing all these comments and I'm reconsidering becoming a surgical nurse, I don't deal well with pressure and too much stress can really mess with me to the point were I just want to sleep my life away. Would nursing do this to me?? I need help. I want to make good money and work in a job I love !! I don't want to wake up every morning dreading to come to work.
However, that doesn't mean there are no happy nurses - some are fortunate to find near-ideal employers/working conditions at some point in their career - the others just choose to be happy in spite of their circumstances.
- 0Jan 26, '13 by klynetteOur unit has about 66? beds. We just opened a new progressive care wing with 12 high intensity patients.
Day RNs have typically 4-5 with occassionally 6. Nights we typically have 6 (Ocassionally 5 with an empty room and generally get an admission). We have about 5-6 techs, 2 charge nurses who don't take patients.
The nurses on the progressive wing on both days and nights have 3 patients with no tech (they buddy up to do the turning, bathing, vitals, etc). Occassionally they have 4, but on those times they'll have a 1 tech.
I'm 6 months out of college on night shift, 6 is typical and can be okay or hell depending on the people... 4-5 is ideal for me but it rarely ever happens.
Live in Texas.
- 0Jan 30, '13 by evolvingrnIntermediate care 3 with primary model nursing and 4 on a team on days and pms
6 pts with no tech care at night.
we feel our ratios are unsafe I would never take 12 pts. our pts are fairly involved. not all med surg pts are the same nor are the standards of care so comparisons may not be a fair. where i used to work i would have 8 pts with a cna assigned to all 8 pts on nights. that was no big deal at all for me but while they were all needing acute care they weren't monitored to the standard they are where i work now.
- 1Mar 13, '13 by ranidaysThese ratios are TERRIFYING oh my gosh. I work on a 38 bed med/surg unit (focus on nephrology/urology pts and we take vents from ICU) in a mid-sized hospital in ND. Our ratios are 3-4:1 on days and evenings; 5:1 on nights (with the occasional 6:1 if absolutely necessary). And we don't even have laws that mandate these ratios, this is the standard for our unit!
ETA: As for aides, we have 5 on days, 4 on evenings, and 2 on nights.Last edit by ranidays on Mar 13, '13 : Reason: added more