I am new to this travel thing and not so sure I'm liking it. I have been there 2 weeks and so far it has not killed me but I'm also not sure I'm stronger. The other night, night shift 7p to 7a, there were 16 patients. There was 1 RN, 1 LPN, and a CNA for this shift. It is a neuro surgical unit. There were 5 patients on TPN, 2 on tube feeds and all were high acuity. Does this sound like a fair, safe nurse patient ratio? This is certainly not what I'm used to where I come from and the RN was frazzled when we came onto day shift. I'm just wanting some feedback as I start a 3 noc stretch tomorrow. Thanks.
Feb 15, '07
That doesn't sound safe but it probably isn't uncommon either. Most of them needed to be turned q2 and frequent neuro checks? Good luck, you have 2 weeks behind ya'. Do you mind posting what city you are in?