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Oncology Nurse/Patient Ratio

  1. 0 Please help!
    I need as many inpatient oncology staffing grids that I can find!Please send yours to me. Please include all staff ex: nurses, assistants, unit secretaries and include all shifts.

  2. Visit  MissRNC profile page

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    47 Years Old; Joined Aug '02; Posts: 6.

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  3. Visit  renerian profile page
    miss RNC

    Are you talking about acuity grids? I cannot get that yet. I know on the unit I start on in sept. the ratio is 1 to 5 or 1 to 8 with a PCA. I am going back to the hospital after being in home health since 91. I worked 6.5 years on an oncology/bmt unit and our ratio varied greatly. Used to be 1 to 5 but we had no LPNS or PCAs. Personally I will be glad to have a team member to help me.............

    Does that help you?

  4. Visit  ChemoRN profile page
    27 patients gives us 9 nurses, 4 techs and 1 MR. That's what we are allowed to have. If you don't have 9 nurses, you just suck it up. We do have some variance with acuity. I have worked with 8 and been bored and I have had days where I would have sold my soul for nurse #10!

    that averages out to 3-4 patients per RN. Not a bad ratio!
  5. Visit  Kim44 profile page
    We work 12 hour shifts. On days we have 4-5 patients. On nights we have 9 each. We are only staffed with RN's. These patients include stem cell transplants, leukemics, febrile neutropenics, pain control and usually a few palliative. Days are usually manageable but the nights are pretty scary.
  6. Visit  UVaRN2Be profile page
    We are an 8 bed bmt unit. We have been running short staffed with a 1:4 ratio. Today was a good day according to our BMT nurses.... 1:2 ratio....1 pca, 1 sitter for confused pt, no huc
    Some days it can be 1:3/ 1:4 ,with 1 or 2 pca's
    On nights it is usually 1:4 ,with 1 pca, no huc
  7. Visit  rileygrl11 profile page
    I work on a 20-bed unit on evenings. Our ratio is usually 1:4 - 1:6 with 2 PCT's. Day shift runs 1:4 with 4 PCTS, and nights runs with 1:6 - 1:9 with 1-2 PCT's. Plus we have telemetry capabilities for overflow cardiac/medical pts (UGH!). Very busy floor!

  8. Visit  dadrn profile page
    I'm new at this so bare with me, please. The ward can hold 24 patients, its supposed to be medicine/oncology but we get all kinds from psych to ortho, surgery, telemetry, etc. our acuity systems, based on a census of 18, says we should have 4 RN's, 4 LPN's and 4 CNA,s on days and 3 RN's, 4 LPN's, and 3 CNA's on nights. We're really lucky though if we have 6 nurses total and 4 CNS's on Days and 5 nurses and 3 CNA's on days. This may sould like a lot but when you factor in that this is a medical teaching facility for doctors and that the nurses on the floor usually have from zero to 16 months experience in nursing, its a nightmare. We also have job corps trainees and nursing students on the floor.
  9. Visit  LoveaNurse profile page
    We normally have 2-3 patients around the clock with a maximum of 3. You may pick up a 4th depending on the acuity of your patients but it would only be until they could get another RN in.

    We have 2 PCA's on days. There are no PCA's on nights. There are 2 Unit Coordinators during the day and 1 on nights. We do our last assessments at 2400. If there are no serious complications with our patient then we leave them to get their rest at night.

    We are an Oncology/Bone Marrow Transplant Unit with 4 bed ICU. The majority of the patients are ambulatory. Out entire unit is under Neutropenic Protocol. A lot of the work is more time consuming than anything. On 1 patient you are hanging 2 units of PRBC's and a 6 pack of platelets. Then you are giving that same patient 2 types of Chemo. By the time you pass meds, hang antibiotics, premedicate for blood products, spend 15 minutes of assessing for 3 units of blood products with 3 patients and then take that down, premedicate for Chemo and hang 2 types of Chemo while all the time checking VS, assessing, giving baths, changing beds, charting and checking I&O's your day is pretty well shot!

    Of course it is not too bad if everybody is doing well. It looks like to me even on my worse night I am doing better than most of the rest of you! If I am getting slammed I have some really great support! For the most part I can't complain. After I noticed some of you have 8-9 patients now I know I won't ever complain again!

  10. Visit  susu24x profile page
    I work 12 hour nights. On a good night I have 8, on a bad night I have 10