nurse to patient ratio orthopaedic floor? - page 4
by nurseortho 21,989 Views | 37 Comments
Hey there! I work for a Texas post total knee and joint surgical unit. 6years ago the nurse to patient ratio was 1:4 on nights(no cna, no secretary). 1:4 on days with a nurse aid. However, one year ago a new CNO came on... Read More
- 0Oct 17, '12 by FollowThru11Our Ortho floor RN's regularly carry 6:1/ 7:1 at all times going up to 8 patients at times while waiting for discharges. I work weekends where staffing is usually worse plus we discharge a lot & begin getting medical overflow admits. I'm very comfortable carrying 6 patients but something about the 7th brings chaos. Our poor techs carry 9-12 patients. This is very hard on the techs & we have a lot of unsatisfied patients due to the time it takes us to get from one room to another. It usually takes no less than 15 minutes to get a patient up safely to ambulate to the bathroom.
- 0Mar 27, '13 by habs18I work nights and our ratio is usually 6-8 on weekdays and sometimes 9 on weekend nights (my unit gets many ER admissions on the weekends because the census is usually lower than other units). We also have 3 techs and 3-4 nurses on weekdays and 2-3 nurses on the weekends (1 tech though on weekend nights). One thing my units been doing lately is having 4 nurses 1900-2300 with each having 6 patients and then 2300-0730 we have 3 nurses with 8 patients. Which isn't too bad because the extra nurse was there for the 2100 meds and 1st set of neurochecks, which I believe to be the busiest part of the night.
- 0Jul 21 by ChixieWe have a 30 bed ward, staffing can vary. We work on long days 0700-1930
A good day looks like the following
1xCharge nurse=takes no patients
3xstaff nurse=10 patients each
3xsupport workers=10 patients each
A bad day looks like the following
1x charge nurse/ward sister=no patients and spends all day in office doing "paperwork"
2xstaff nurses (1x 3 years ortho experience, 1x6 months experience)
1xagency nurse(never worked here before, not many return either, no registered on the electronic medication system, has no idea what they are doing)
1x clinical support workers
Nights run 1900-0730
2x staff nurses (dedicated night team of nurses)
- 0Jul 24 by mmc51264We have 4-5 days usually have an aide, sometimes nights don't secretary both shifts. There is some flexibility in staffing. Weekdays chose to have 7 nurses with 2 aides (if we are full @ 31) where as weekends would rather have 8 nurses and one aide. We have a lot of discharges and admissions Sat, Mon, and Thur for some reason .