pt to nurse ratio - page 4

What is the patient to nurse ratio where you work? What shift do you work and what area of nursing are you employed in? :) :) :) :) :) Michelle... Read More

  1. by   pjmnrse
    In our Pediatric unit we usually have 12 patients total. 8 of those patients are on ventilators...2 of those are infants. For our 7p to 7a shift we have one RN one LPN and one RT
  2. by   chicagonurse
    I work in LTC 3pm-11:30pm. On the best of days I'll have 20 patients and 1 CNA. On the worse 45 dementia patients 3/4 of whom require total care with 3 CNAs. Management seems to only care about cost cutting. On an average day a spend 20 minutes figuring out charge slips eventhough I never get to spend that much time on a patient. The good CNAs have left due to short staffing and now the nurses talk about leaving.
  3. by   Teshiee
    I work in NICU the most you would get is 3. Based on acuity of the neonates. 1:1 if very critical has many drips and is on a ventilator, unstable. ECMO may have 2 nurses working on the infant depending on status!
  4. by   bjpeace
    When I work in SICU it's usually 1:2, however if the pt has high acuity (ex- CVVH, transplant, Crani w/ increased ICP) then it's 1:1. I've never seen 2:1 but have heard stories of crash and burns with multiple nurses. I have had to triple several times in SICU on night shift (days are well staffed) When I work in stepdown it's usually 1:4 - 5. Nights carries more pts.
  5. by   Tinaboo
    In the facility that I work in, there is one nurse and 1/2 of a unit manager to thirty patients on morning shift. One nurse to thirty patients on evenings, and one nurse to sixty patients on nights.
    Last edit by Tinaboo on Apr 13, '02
  6. by   bjpeace
    Tina -
    What type of unit do you work in? And are there any techs to help? 1.5 to 30? How do you get anything done????