I recently accepted a position on a sub-acute rehab unit that consists of both post-op rehab patients and some long term care patients. I am RN who will be working nights (11pm-7am) and the staffing looks like this:
34 patient capacity on unit, one RN, one LPN, and three aides. This is only the midnight staffing, days and evenings get more help, which is to be expected.
My thoughts are this: No huge med passes to do, no meals, no getting patients ready to go down to therapy, and no new admissions, as this facility only takes admissions during day and evening shifts. I realize that not every patient will sleep through the night (I have worked midnights extensively in the past), but still, compared to a LTC facility that I worked at where I was the only nurse with two aides on the evening shift and had dinner, a huge med pass at 8pm, AND admissions to deal with, and still had 25 patients, this staffing doesn't sound too bad. Actually, the employees that work at the facility where I will be working seem to be pretty happy, and many of them drive quite a distance to work there, when there are many, many other facilities in this area that would be closer for them, so I'm hoping that that means something good.
So does 34 patients on midnights with one RN, one LPN, and three aides sound decent to you, or do you think it will be crazy busy all night long?