Patient load

  1. 0 What is a typical patient load in a children's hospital (Med/Surg)?
  2. Visit  latebloomer74 profile page

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    latebloomer74 has '1' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'none'. From 'Somewhere over the rainbow'; 41 Years Old; Joined Nov '06; Posts: 170; Likes: 120.

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  3. Visit  Ashley, PICU RN profile page
    It depends on the acuity of the patients you are caring for. It will also vary based on state regulation. The general pediatrics floor in our hospital is 1:5.
  4. Visit  umcRN profile page
    At my hospital it's 3 or 4 to 1. But it will depend on your location, acuity, nights vs day etc
  5. Visit  KelRN215 profile page
    It varies by hospital, floor, acuity, etc. When I worked in the hospital, ratios on my floor were typically 3:1 on days and 4-5:1 on nights. We occasionally had high acuity patients who should have been in the ICU but were admitted to the floor's pretend "step-up" unit because they wanted the patient on the specialty floor. Those patients were meant to be 2:1 at all times but, if staffing didn't allow for it, it didn't happen. I've taken assignments with up to 5 patients when I was supposed to have 2, others have had to go to 6.
  6. Visit  ~PedsRN~ profile page
    I am in a Children's Hospital -- and we really like to keep the patient load at 1:4. That's the "ideal".

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