"If you have a mandated ratio, that means that you must have, for example, six patients to one nurse," she said. "If you look at the needs of those patients, you have to assume that all those patients have the same needs, and that's not true." Quote from Peverly, in spacenurse's post above
So she's trying to tell us that it would not be permissible for the nurse to have LESS than 6 patients?
Peverly said she appoints staff based on patient acuity, or the level of care that is required to meet the needs of each patient. Staffing numbers are in constant fluctuation as a result.
Quote from spacenurse's post above
I'm quite sure that those fluctuations are upward, not downward based on acuity.