Cardiac Nurses please help!! - page 2
My question is, what is a good ratio for patients in a cardiac stepdown unit? I just interviewed for a position on a unit that sounds like it is perfect for me because I want to work in the cath lab... Read More
Mar 14, '07Occupation: Worked in many fields but always come back to critical care. Just started travel nursing in Sept. 2005. My goal for the year is to take and pass the CCRN exam Specialty: 20 year(s) of experience ; Joined: Jan '06; Posts: 112; Likes: 9We'd all like to have 1:3 but that doesn't work out in the usual realm of things. I've worked on cardiac units with 1:4 all the way to 1:6, which included (but mostly weren't) post-stent and 24-hr post-CABG patients. Depending on the layout of the unit, it can work very well or very poorly. At the moment I'm on a PCU which is supposed to be 1:4 but is usually 1:5, and the drips we have are usually heparin or renal dose dopamine. Cardiac drips go to CCU here, and they don't do many caths because they don't do interventions (which I think is only proper). It can be extremely busy with rapid turnover, which is why I think the ratio is too high.