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In our hospital here its just a cardiac floor. Not as intense as ICU. Nurse to pt ratio 8 to 1,
8:1?? Holy carp! Yikes!
On my tele floor,it's a max of 5:1 on days, and usually it's more like 4:1. Nights does 5:1 pretty routinely.
I started in tele as a new grad and I LOVE it. It's all in what interests you, really. Though I often have progressive care patients--that's our ICU stepdown classification, folks I have to document on q2h--as well as tele patients that I document on q4h--I don't really see that I'm necessarily busier or have more acute patients than the med/surg floor. But med/surg usually has a 5:1 or 6:1 patient assignment, and they have all those orthos (blech) and PCAs.....and post ops with frequent vitals and assessments. No, thanks! I much prefer the tele focus and yes, I am quite busy on day shift...but I have found my niche! I had an 8 week orientation and though I still ask a lot of questions (just graduated in May, took NCLEX early June, started new grad program in mid-July, came off orientation mid-september), I feel very supported and like I'm part of the team.
If you like cardiac stuff, check it out! You'll get your MI patients, CP r/o MI, CHF, pacemakers, cardiac cath patients, etc.