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- by Turtle in scrubs Nov 2, '09I'm considering a switch to psych and just curious. What is your nurse/pt ratio? What setting do you work in (acute care hosp vs psych facility)?
- Nov 5, '09 by kiwipsychnurseAuckland New Zealand, Work in Forensic Mental health:
Ratio is 15 patients and 8 staff on the acute ward. Ratio's thoughout the service vary depending on acuity. IMO 15:8 is the best ratio I have ever come across.Last edit by kiwipsychnurse on Nov 5, '09 : Reason: Spelling error
- Nov 5, '09 by Turtle in scrubsQuote from kiwipsychnurseThanks for your reply. I was starting to think I didn't post this correctly.Auckland New Zealand, Work in Forensic Mental health:
Ratio is 15 patients and 8 staff on the acute ward. Ratio's thoughout the service vary depending on acuity. IMO 15:8 is the best ratio I have ever come across.
15:8 sounds great. I'm guessing when you say staff only some of the 8 are nurses...?? How many are nurses and what are the rest of the 8 staff members?
- Nov 6, '09 by lovenandj, RNWhat do the ratios look like on night shift?
- Nov 6, '09 by kiwipsychnurseIn our acute service at night the patients are locked in their rooms. The ratio drops down to 3 staff to 15 patients.
One is always an R.N
22 patients with 5 staff in an acute forensic unit would be interesting. I'm sure it could be done, but I wouldn't be on the pay role.
- Nov 6, '09 by EarthChild1130When I worked inpatient, I worked nights...our adult wing had 26 beds and was usually full b/c we were the only game in town, so to speak.
We'd have 2, sometimes 3 RNs...3 or 4 techs...and 26 patients.
On the geri-psych side, we had 15 beds but usually only 6-7 pts at a time. So we'd have 1, sometimes 2 RNs on that side, and 3 techs, depending again on # of pts on the unit.