I recently read an ad in a local publication seeking ER and ICU nurses. The ad emphasized the favorable nurse
atient ratio in these units, which was 1:4. Now, I am not an ER or ICU nurse, but this seemed outrageous to me! How can that possibly be safe, let alone something a hospital would brag about in order to recruit staff? Am I out of touch or are these ratios out of line for these specialty areas?