I work in the ICU of a small community hospital in Western Pennsylvania. We currently have 12 beds. The nursing shortage has hit us hard. My question to you all is, What is the typical nurse patient ratio in your unit?
Our charge nurses take a full patient assignment as well. I have worked reciently where the ratio was 1 nurse for 3 patients with one of those patients on a ventilator.
Administration has given us little support and now nurses are not only leaving the unit but are leaving the facility for sign on bonuses at bigger medical centers.
Please let me know your staffing situations.