Hi, I work in what is referred to as "the newborn nursery". Because we do couplet care, the nursery babies are those to acute to stay with mom but too stable for NICU.
The problem is that the nursery was origanally staffed for well babies. One RN for up to 5 babes. That would be me and 5 newborns. However, one is withdrawing from heroine, is receiving morphine Q3. Two are on amp and gent. One is under triple photo therapy, on a monitor for As ans Bs. a 34 weeker, on AZT and penG. Another is a preemie on gavage feeding. All need Vitals and feeds Q3.
And I an swat for couplet care, too. I draw all the blood,start all IVs on babies, delee, monitor ect.
I can see where one RN and 5 well babies would work, but is this load too much. Shouldn't acuity be considered?