6 patients is a lot in general but in neuro it's especially so. It's not just the post CVAs that you have to worry about either. It's all of them...especially if it's a nights position...yay sundowners. Keeps you on your toes
We were a stroke center in a hospital that was a level 1 trauma center. Patient typically had neurology/neurosurgery patients - CVA, epilepsy/other seizure disorders, rule out/diagnose tumors, TBIs, back surgery, brain surgery. Because we were a telemetry unit we often got off service patients because of the need for tele monitoring (we got a bit of everything). we were considered stepdown/med surg and were the only non ICU inpatient unit to take trachs. Lots of peg tubes, foleys, CVC/PICC lines, patients removing IVs, CPAP, BiPAP, low EFs (under 10% even). Again, being a monitored unit - we had some critical cardiac drips as well as heparin or insulin drips fairly frequently.
I frequently had 5-6 patients. Sometimes 7 plus covering one of the LPNs I worked with. I learned a lot, but thinking about it now - I'm so glad I've been able to move on. It's great experience but can be challenging. When I was looking to leave my old job - I had three offers. Two were critical care and another was the specialty I most wanted but didn't imagine being there just yet in my career.