How many beds is the average hospital?

  1. Does anyone know?

    I'm moving from one extreme to another. Used to live in a major urban area and worked at a hospital with over 800 beds, but part of a hospital system that had over 2,000 beds.

    Now I live in a small town and the local hospital I'm applying to has 245 beds.

    How many beds are at your hospital and do you like bigger or smaller hospitals better?
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  3. by   applesxoranges
    The one hospital I applied at had 125 beds. I think the one I currently work at has around 250 but half are psych beds. In fact, I think they're increasing the number of psych beds to like 200 after the new facility is built.
  4. by   elkpark
    There is no "average" hospital. I grew up and went through school (in a medium-sized Southern city) thinking that a "small" hospital was <500 beds, and >1000 bed was a "large" hospital. My hospital-based diploma school was in the local "small" hospital (~500 beds), although we did some of our clinicals in the "large" public teaching hospital. Then I moved to a rural area of my state and took a job on a psychiatric unit in a community hospital that had 75 beds, and discovered there were small community hospitals all over the state, some with only 25 or 30 beds.

    I've worked in hospitals of all sizes over the years, and they all have strengths and weaknesses, "pluses and minuses." I've had good experiences in both. Different people have different preferences; it's v. personal.
  5. by   calivianya
    I'm not sure exactly how many beds my hospital uses, but I feel like my hospital is way too small. We have over 300 beds. I think we are advertising a capacity of up to almost 500 but we are working well below that because of older, closed units that will be closed until they are renovated after units were shifted around when an addition was built. I worked as a CNA in a 500+ bed facility in a bigger city and it was much more anonymous. I feel like everyone knows everyone else's business down here, and I don't like it. If you like close-knit environments and really getting to know your coworkers, small hospitals are good, but that's not really my cup of tea. I would rather be anonymous and only have a few work friends than have everyone know me. I just took a PRN job in a facility with less than 100 beds, so we'll see how that goes!
  6. by   NOADLS
    Most hospitals I am familiar with have OVER 9000!!!
  7. by   elkpark
    Quote from NOADLS
    Most hospitals I am familiar with have OVER 9000!!!
    Do you really mean over nine thousand beds, or is that a typo?
  8. by   Muser69
    Quote from elkpark
    Do you really mean over nine thousand beds, or is that a typo?

    maybe in INDIA?
  9. by   loriangel14
    Mine has 80.

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