Floating all the time, very low census - page 2
I work in a 16 bed CCU and are census has been incredibly low this year, to a point where the unit was closed for a while. Are there any of you that are experiencing a low census period. It is... Read More
May 8, '04Joined: Oct '02; Posts: 60,385; Likes: 16,568Cramp packed overflowing into recovery room, ER holding critical care patients, med-surg patients unable to get beds in a reasonable amount of time. Nurses tripled in critical care units. No problem here.
But during our "off season" which is summer in this part of Florida we experience a drop in census. Sometimes we close down units for repair, cleaning and painting at that time.
May 8, '04Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 157Quote from CCURNI just left a community hospital because of low census in our CCU. Dont know what happened to all of the patients but I too, was either floating or cancled. I now work at a large Trauma instituation and that will NEVER happen...I work in a 16 bed CCU and are census has been incredibly low this year, to a point where the unit was closed for a while. Are there any of you that are experiencing a low census period. It is becoming very disheartening for all of us at work, after all if I wanted to be in the float pool I would.
May 8, '04Joined: Feb '04; Posts: 255; Likes: 14When I worked a PURE CCU late april into may way always low census. In fact we had closed the 10 bed unit several times, a few days each time.
I now work in a mixed CCU/micu, 28 beds, only 14 patients two days ago, only one cardiac.
My heart transplant unit, which does take overflow, only has two off service cardiac's, we're usually full with CHF'rs.
I remember when I first went through this I was afraid... loosing vacation days to substitute pay, then I started floating when able to other areas. Usually the house was having low census too. It WILL pass,
May 9, '04Joined: Aug '03; Posts: 157; Likes: 16Texas here. low census too. Some staff are already complaining of not completing there hours (80 hrs), PTO already used up.