Nurse to Patient ratio in rehab. Is 20 patients in a unit normal.

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by tatyfreedom tatyfreedom (New) New

Nurse to Patient ratio in rehab. Is 20 patients in a unit normal. First job and I have to say that it has been overwhelming.

River&MountainRN

River&MountainRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Primary Care, LTC, Private Duty. Has 7 years experience. 222 Posts

It's shouldn't be right by any means to have 20 subacute patients to yourself as a new grad...but that sounds about average. It is absolutely normal to feel overwhelmed by that. Do you have a good resource nurse you can go to?

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse. Has 30 years experience. 2,776 Posts

2 minutes ago, River&MountainRN said:

It's shouldn't be right by any means to have 20 subacute patients to yourself as a new grad...but that sounds about average. It is absolutely normal to feel overwhelmed by that. Do you have a good resource nurse you can go to?

I've written variations on this theme before, but I don't see 20 patients being able to get good care from even an experienced nurse. Yeah, you get better at putting out fires and covering the basics, but good care, not so much...

River&MountainRN

River&MountainRN, ADN, RN

Specializes in Primary Care, LTC, Private Duty. Has 7 years experience. 222 Posts

4 hours ago, Jedrnurse said:

I've written variations on this theme before, but I don't see 20 patients being able to get good care from even an experienced nurse. Yeah, you get better at putting out fires and covering the basics, but good care, not so much...

You're darn right about that!