mbrn1 450 Views
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I work in NYC but this is a tough question to answer. There are at least 9 hospitals in Manhatten that I can think of right off the bat, each ranging from 150 beds-2000 beds. I cant give you ranges across specialties however I can tell you that in the ICU most ratio's are 2:1 (patient to nurse ratio, unless of course there is a SEVERE staffing issue). Please keep in mind however that 2:1 in NYC may be different that 2:1 in another area. 2:1 is a common ICU ratio (unless the patient is fresh post op, unstable, etc) across the country for the ICU. I have worked in NYC, Boston, DC, Cali and HI; NYC is hands down the busiest and most stressful on a day to day basis. The patients that are paired in NY are often fresh balloon's (IABP), on CVVHD, and/or on multiple gtts (most other areas these ICU patients would be singled). That being said, if you can work in NYC, you can work anywhere. Your time management skills and ability to work under pressure will be developed quickly.
Sorry for the two reply's, I just read the second page of responses. I agree that it is silly to discuss lawsuits and newspapers regarding this situation. Our society is "sue happy" and as most of us know, this has hurt the mdical profession (and made many of our jobs harder with useless paperwork that takes us away from the bedside). That being said, it is still not acceptable to act this way in front of a patient, family etc. Of course we have all vented, our jobs are difficult (physically and emotionally). I have had many "venting" sessions with fellow staff, however there is a time and a place for venting. Also, making fun of a patient in front of their room is not really venting, it is selfish and hurtful (which is obvious considering this entire forum). No matter how bad our shift is, we get to leave the hospital (even if it is only for 12hrs!). Too many of us forget that.
This is unacceptable behavior by anyone much less a caregiver. For someone to act in this manner in front of a patient is not right on many levels. Regardless of whether or not your mother is dramatic, this behavior is a poor representation of the nursing profession. I would report this to the nurse manager ASAP, the acceptance of this behavior helps in making all nurses look bad.
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