While I work on a basic surgical care floor where the ratios at night is 1 nurse per every 6-7 patients sometimes even 8 or 9 patients for 1 nurse. With a PCT it is any where from 8-11 with a PCT and with a LPN it is any where from 11-13 with a LPN.
My friend works on a TELE floor and the other night she had 7 patients by herself. SCARY, SCARY, SCARY.
I have been a R.N. on med-surg for 7 months now and I honestly love helping people but the ratios keep gettting worse and worse and I hate to say that it is probably going to end up making me end up leaving as soon as my contract is finished in June 2005. I fear for my license each and every night because I have too many patients to care for and I can't give my patients good quality care no matter how hard I try when I am up to my eyeballs. I had 10 patients the other night with a PCT which was a first for me. I had 2 admits back to back. I had 2 patients who were fall risks and kept trying to get up and hurt themselves. I had a patient family who got extremely upset because I couldn't come talk to them right away because I had other priority things to do. A patient who was beginning to crash and very quickly. I did not finish passing all my 2100 meds until a little after midnight. The charge nurse had 10 patients herself with a PCT. They don't care anything about acuity any more. Plus the hospital I work for is talking about obtaining Magnet status over the next couple of years.
YEAH RIGHT. Not with those nurse
atient ratios. I go home crying every morning after the shifts I work because I honestly feel I have not given all my patients true justice and the best quality care possible even though I honestly try hard.
If I could leave now I would but I need to finish my contract. I refuse to stay in a envirnoment like that and plus a hospital that tells the public nothing but lies. I talked to quite a few of the people I graduated with and they said they doubt they will stay beyond their contracts given the current situation and envirnoment.