Safe staffing levels - page 3

by chelleanne

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What do you consider to be safe staffing levels for an inpatient psych facility? We have 1 nurse for 16 patients and then two techs (our techs help with meals, smoke breaks and personal care). Sometimes this is overwhelming... Read More


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    Geez. After reading this thread I realize how unsafe my unit is. Ive had up to 38 patients on my child & adol unit.. with me as the only nurse. I am the only nurse at all times. No med nurse to assist. 2 techs only unless we get a 1:1.
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    Can anyone provide any national or regional staffing "benchmarks" for psychiatric units?
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    Heart of Glass, get out of there. That is some scary staffing. I work 3rd shift at the state hospital. The staffing level here is better than a lot of the levels mentioned in other posts. Still, we have very acute patients that wouldn't be kept for long in private facilities. We have a very large forensics population as well as civic pts, geriatrics and adolescents. I happen to work in a dual dx unit; substance abuse/MI. We have 20 pts with 1 RN & 1 LPT on at night. We frequently get pulled to other units to cover. Some of the other units are really understaffed in my opinion. You worked hard for that license. Don't lose it to admin's bottom line. If something goes bad on your shift, they won't hesitate to hang you out to dry. Their main goal is to look good and make the big bucks; this is diametrically opposed to what our goal as RNs is. Be careful and be safe.


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