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 board and now it is 1:6 on nights(no cna-no secretary) and 1:6 with an aid on days. The unit has 18 beds, but we're rarely at 18. Mostly its 12 patients and 2 nurses at night.
What is the nurse to patient ratio for any post surgical orthopaedic nurses out there? Also are there any Texas laws that could back us up cause that nursing committee thing is a joke(all they talk about is what we can do to improve customer satisfaction, and when i(cause nobody else speaks up) tell them the nurse to patient ratio is the major problem they tell me theres nothing they can do right now, there in the process of hiring(they've been saying that for a year).
3 pods of 10 patients.
always the same room numbers.
1 RN 1 LPN and 1 tech for 10 (sometimes the tech has a pod and a half)
Sometimes the LPN has a pod and a half and you get a whole tech and an RN for 10.
I really like not having to roam all over the unit to keep track of patients.
Last edit by P_RN on May 4, '11