I posted this in the General nursing discussion forum yesterday but I wanted to make sure I tapped the wisdom of this group so I am posting it here too. Thanks for taking a look....
I have been hired to help with transitioning a med-surg unit into an Intermediate Care Unit and I could use the help of the nursing community. This is not a cardiac strpdown (we have one of those) but a stepdown from the general ICU's. Our floor already has a pulmonary focus so I am anticipating a lot of trachs, CPAP/BIPAP and the occasional vent. I'm curious, though,....
How many beds do you have?
What is your nurse-patient ratio? Does it change on the night shift?
Do you use nurses aids or techs? How many per shift?
What does your patient population look like? What kind of diagnoses?
Private or semi private? Bedside monitor or tele?
Thanks for your insight. I need to educate and prepare my staff for what is to come as well as educate and prepare administration about how to do it right...if you know what I mean.