Quote from ulmaulma
Hi ya all, I am new to this forum, and fairly new at being a nurse( 1 year hmm) I am so embarresed about this issue! I HATE BEING THE ONE IN CHARGE! I hate being the one held responseble for 42 patients on a shift. I get soo anxious. I absolutely love nursing! I just donīt like the responsibility that comes with being the only nurse at night. I have been on my ward for six months now, and it should get better but it dosenīt. I feel a pressure and dread making stupid discissions. I canīt sleep at night after being on a shift and think of every little thing that I should have done. I wonder..should I leave my job( wich I love and are good at, if I didīnt crack under pressure of being the one in charge..) or....well I sure could use some help..!;-)
the anxious nurse
A RN,42 pt's and would imagine and LPN and an CNA at least? All in all it is way to much in a actute setting. I do not know what the BON in ur country states as acceptable, but nevertheless it is unsafe. Way too much could happen at different ends of the ward and what then? As a kid,thats the way it was on a 40 bed ortho ward. Three of us some nights,RN,LPN,CNA. Pt are so much sicker on the floors these days too.Sometimes u would get to the other end making rounds, and find someone had bled out or just damn died....lol Scary. I learnt so much in those days,but knew no better. Within a few short years, that practice was banned. Two RN's, per shift,at least, at all times. Talk to other nurses at different hospitals, find out there pt/nurse ratio and go to ur DON . Then run,,,lol Good luck,,,keep us posted!