I am curious what skill mix others have & what nurse patient ratios are in other hospitals. For those of you who are willing to share:
What's your nurse patient ratio?
Who else is on your "team" (ie CNA, LPN, etc)?
Are you adequately staffed, in your opinion?
Do you get off work on time usually?
Are you usually able to take a 30 min lunch break each shift?
I'll share about the floor I have worked on the past 3 years...it's a union hospital where the dayshift RN on renal/med/tele has 4-5 patients and "covers" anywhere from 2-4 of an LVN. It's a high acuity floor. We have 1 CNA per 12 patients and one teletech to help with orders & monitoring.Our pm RNs get 5-6 patients each, and NOCs gets 6 pts each and no CNA. I know that sounds really dreamy to some of you! ;-) Despite this supposedly great staffing, we nurses run our *@$% off and are overtime everyday 30 min- 1 hr, as we try to finish up all the charting we didn't have time to do during the shift. We try to take our breaks, but most days we just don't have time.
It really scares me that some other local hospitals staff with 7-8 pts per RN on day shift on the acute floors. There is no way those patients are getting the care they need.
Tell me what it's like where you work! Thanks! This should be interesting
Nov 16, '02
Small (4 bed) ICU, 2:1, sounds good, right? But, no aide, clerk, or any other help. Have counted up to 75 phone calls in 12 hours, and between the danged phone, opening the door oodles of times( open visitation), taking off all your orders, there are days we are run ragged....And if cencus is down, then there is just 1 to do everything.....but compared to M/S nurses we have it pretty good. OOps, just noticed I didn`t answer all questions....I have worked here almost 6 years, and have had a "legal,ie out of unit" lunch maybe 6 times. We usually get to go grab a bite, and eat while answering phones, watching monitors, etc. Usually do get out on time, sometimes even early ,if we have the same patients, and nurses for several days..."Anything new? No? ok, lets count"
Last edit by cactus wren on Nov 20, '02