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


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    Pennsylvania

    5:1 sometimes 6:1/2
    I have worked with 6:0 plenty of times though.
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    Days 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.
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    I work m/s onc: 5 is minimum, 6-7 is typical, 8 on bad night. Once i ended my shift with 10 when another hospital had to divert their ER to us & we short with a call in and no float. We have a charge with a full team and usually 2 cna's.
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    I work days in north MS on a Med-Surg observation unit. We are trying to move to a 1:5 ratio, but the hospital has been so full lately that we are usually at 1:6. With all the D/C's and admissions, it is extremely busy. I would love to find a place with a 1:4-5 ratio.
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    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.
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    Quote from Crisleydi
    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.
    It 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.

    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.
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    Our 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.
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    Intermediate 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.
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    I've already experienced 20 pts in medical ward alone, in the Philippines, Alone in the STROKE UNIT for 10 patients, the worst duty ive ever had.... Now Im in LIBYA more or less 30 patients to Two nurses on duty only, Which is supposed to be 6:1 maximum..
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    These 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
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