Hello. . .
Tonight I'm taking care of 12.5% of our hospital's population!!! Yep, I have one patient. He's quietly sleeping with a cardiac monitor reading normal sinus rhythm. By the way, tonight's patient census for the whole hospital is 8.
Yesterday, I took care of 25% of our hospital's population!!! Yep, had two patients. Last night's patient census was . . . eight.
The total potential bed occupancy including ER, ICU/CCU, Med/Surg, and Maternity is 32. Yep. . . we're a small rural hospital.
One night, several months ago, we had a whopping total hospital census of ONE! Yep that nurse took care of 100% of the hospital's population.
Just curious. How small is your small rural hospital? Feel free to provide your lowest hospital census if you want.
Mar 29, '02
I'll never forget the time I ended up in a small rural hospital with a badly dislocated elbow. The ER was open, but couldn't do anything for me, not even give me pain relief! What a nightmare! Are all small rural hospitals like this? Is there often no Doc to care for patients when the ER is open? I hope not but was wondering.
Last edit by Huganurse on Jun 30, '02