Does the Nurse to patient ratio change for nights?


I am taking a nights position (I've never really worked nights as a nurse...a couple of times until 2a in the ER and then some call in the OR...and then before nursing when I was YOUNG I did some nights)...anyway, in the interview the manager told me the ratio was 1:1 or 1:2...but thinking back I am not sure if she was talking days (when we were discussing orientation). When I was on Tele, it was 1:4/5 for day and evening and then that would jump up for the night nurses.

vashtee, RN

1,065 Posts

Specializes in DOU.

It's the same day or night in DOU where I work, but the nights often don't have a CNA.


564 Posts

Specializes in ICU, PACU, Cath Lab.

It is the same day or night...and we are the oppostie of vashtee...a tech at night and none in the day.


120 Posts

Specializes in OR; Telemetry; PACU.

I interviewed for a job last year ER/SCU and the it was 1:5 with no CNA help..."but you can call for help is you need it". And the nurses were not ICU trained and the SCU was only open when there was a need.


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In nursing homes - nurse to patient ratio doubles at night.

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