nurse to patient ratio

Nurses General Nursing


  1. how many patients is each nurse assigned where you work?

    • 9
      1 to 2
    • 7
      3 to 4
    • 32
      5 to 6
    • 16
      7 to 8
    • 2
      9 to 10
    • 16
      10 +

82 members have participated

What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?


105 Posts

Specializes in CTSICU, SICU, MICU, CCU, Trauma.
What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?

Critical Care 2:1 for the most part.....if we're short, 3:1

Med/Surg up to 8:1

Telemetry 6:1

New Jersey

Tweety, BSN, RN

33,506 Posts

Specializes in Med-Surg, Trauma, Ortho, Neuro, Cardiac.

Pretty much the same as RNmaven.

grandma rn38

31 Posts

on evenings it is 8 to 1 and nights it's 12 to 1 or more.


10 Posts

I work in Tele, and it is 4:1 on days and 5:1 on nights.


16 Posts

It would be more accurate if you were asking about a particular shift On my shift nights maximum is 8 to 1, days usually take 4 to 1 and evenings max is 6 to one.

jschut, BSN, RN

2,743 Posts

I work 6p-6:30a in LTC. I usually have 52-54 patients.

4 g-tubes, a various number of IV's.......

Most folks sleep all night though....


44 Posts

What is the nurse to patient ratio where you work?

I work med/onc. We're on 12s.

On days it is 1:5-6

Nights it is 1:6-7


46 Posts

I work on a Med?Surg and Pediatric floor on days we have 12, but we consist of a team: One RN, one LPN and a CNA. On evenings we have 7 and on nights anything goes.

Looking for a new location to work.

Dixielee, BSN, RN

1,222 Posts

Specializes in ER.

I work in a very busy ER where the ratio is 4:1 for the acute care side. Fast track is 6:1. I have worked in many different ER's and a 4:1 ratio is perfect. You can get swamped if you have a code, a bad bleeder or acute MI, but there is always someone to help you when you need it.


143 Posts

Specializes in Case Management, Acute Care, Missions.

Limited stay / observation (med-surg, no tele)

Nocs=max 4:1 but usually 2-3:1

with a MA until 2300


10 Posts

My last job med/surg in a small community hospital days were assigned 3-4 patients, eve 5-6 pt's and nocs no more than 8. We did not utilize aids/techs plus the RN's were responsible for an LPN's pt load also. I currently work in an inner city ER were trauma/cardiac sections 4-5 pts, non-monitored beds 6-15(includes chairs and locked room), fast track 7, usually with 1-2 tech's.


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