I work in a combined MICU/SICU/Trauma unit. I' m just wondering what the typical staffing ratio for your units are. If you are given tech and if staffing pull your ICU nurses to other floors, including Med/Surg. This situation has been happening quite a bit in my unit where they pull our nurse from ICU to CCU, Stepdown, Tele and recently Med/Surg. Also quite often we are only given 1 tech or none. To make matters worse, they pull a nurse sometimes as many as 3 of our nurse at one to to staff other units and leave our unit short. Normally we get 2pt to 1 nurse ratio but have been getting 3:1 lately. To compound the situation, my hospital is the only trauma hospital in the county and we getting some crazy S--T. mostly at night which is the shift I work.
What are your thoughts??
Disclosure: I work in California where there is a legal requirement to not go above 2 patients per RN in the ICU.
In the ICU where I work, we are staffed for 1 RN to 2 patients, along with a charge RN who never takes patients.
Last edit by ®Nurse on Sep 16, '10
: Reason: clarity