Midge 6 Posts Dec 3, 2008 Good luck on your interview. Four patients - definitely doable - I have had up to 6 with the help of a 12 hr CNA. There are days on an inpatient unit when you have time to chat with families and patients and feel in control. Then there are days when it seems someone rang a bell and ALL the patients are dying at once and needing hands on care. One question to ask is if there are volunteers available for helping with meals, phones, sitting with patients. Another question is how timely you are able to obtain medications - if you are connected to a hospital that makes things easier. A freestanding inpatient unit can sometimes run into difficulty getting "different" meds. Wish I were in your place - my inpatient unit closed 8 years ago and I moved to another area where we have high hopes of "someday" opening one. I will probably be too old to work there when it finally becomes a reality!