okay guys... this is the big question... actually a point of curiosity... i want to know what is the max nurse to pt ratio for you all! I max out at 12.... I usually have 1 CNA.... and yous?
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I am a nursing student and this past week did rotations through rehab at Childrens Hospital. It appeared to me that the average day held 4-6 patients for the RN's on duty. The Nurse Techs about 7-9 patients. I am rather inexperienced and took care of four patients, doing all the Tech and RN stuff with the only exception being the administration of medication (my instructor was not on the floor with me). It made for a tiring 12 hour shift, but it was manageable. I was even able to help out the Tech's, RN's, and Teammembers with other stuff off and on during the day.
However, I need to add that med's take up a lot of time and I worked with a great RN that was really into showing/teaching. Support within the team is a must. Also, if I were to do Rehab everyday I truly feel any more then 6 patients (AND that includes having a good tech that is experienced and trust worthy) would be my personal limit -- as far as feeling truly safe!!
Last edit by RachetRN on Sep 23, '01
I work on a LTC/rehab unit and we have 35-40 pts. I work the 3-11 shift. We are supposed to have 1 RN and 1 LPN, and 4 Aides. Many times we only have 3 Aides. The LPN (me) passes most of the meds. The RN is not supposed to pass meds. She is supposed to do paperwork/care plans, etc. and public relations. Rehab nursing is busy. Those pts. know what they want. They ALL want pain pills at the same time, or they want a pain pill 10 minutes after you asked them if they wanted a pain pill! They ALL want to go to the bathroom at the same time. They ALL want to get ready for bed at the same time. Each aide has 10-13 pts. to wash and help to bed. I don't think they ever go to sleep though, because when I leave at night (always late) they are still asking for things. I know many shortcuts and I do much more than one thing at a time. It's a real fun fast ride! I love it, and it's fustrating at the same time.
Last edit by jones58 on Apr 21, '02