I am in nursing school and working as a patient care tech on a busy, heavy medical floor. I was wondering how many patients other techs have while working. There are 20 beds on my floor and during day/evening shifts we have 2 techs (or 10 patients each.) Like I mentioned, the floor is heavy and frequently many of these patients are incontinent, many are confused, etc.
Interested to hear others' experiences in this because often, 10 patients seems like a LOT! When I float to floors where I have 7-8 patients, it seems like a world of difference. I have heard of techs having up to 20 patients (not on a night shift) and I cannot imagine that.
Sep 26, '11
Ortho/Surg: But also the same ratio used for med/tele:
One hallway where I work is 14 rooms. So I'll have anywhere from 7-14 patients.
Sometimes when staffing is really tight I'll be assigned 2 hallways but then instead of having to do q2 safety rounds I focus more on making sure all the vitals and cbgs get done and answering call bells and helping with other prn stuff like toileting.
If I only have 1 hallway I'm responsible for q2 safety rounds, baths, linen, vitals, cbgs, callbells, and putting in non-venous I&O.
If I'm doing 2 hallways I'm less responsible for the linens, baths, safety rounds, and I&O and the nurses are suppose to do their own.
But I try to do as much as I can and help out.
Sometimes I feel like I'm crazy busy with 8 patients and other days I'm sitting between 2 hallways trying to find stuff to do.
When I work ICU it's always just one tech and it's a 14 bed ICU. The patient ratio for the nurses is 2:1 so the there are plenty of hands around to help with turning, bathing, etc. Working ICU is actually (knock on wood) kind of easy as a tech because most of the vitals are taken automatically so I just go to go around getting temps, blood sugars, and whatever lab draws come my way.
On the geropsych ward they get 2 techs for anywhere from 10 to 20 patients. And then there's usually 3 or 4 nurses there too. Lots of pottying. During the days it's not really that bad because of all the activities. I mostly just enjoy the activities along with the patients and then potty people during the breaks. We go out to the garden a lot which is fun and then we do some chair exercises. After lunch and naps we usually play a game either Bingo or Wii bowling. Overall a nice place to work but sometimes psych patients can work your nerves.
ER is pretty brutal, 1 tech for the 18 rooms. But it comes and goes in waves it seems. I spend my day just cycling through fast track, observation, and main ER just doing what needs to be done. There's no rhyme or rhythm to it and that really throws me off lol. I just keep making my circle doing what needs to be done until I can go home and passout dog tired.
Last edit by Bruce_Wayne on Sep 27, '11