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nurse pt ratios for new grads

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At the hospital I work for as a tech while in RN school, the ratios are 1:6-7. Does this seem to many patients to one nurse? The nurses are constantly running from room to room nonstop, and some have to stay after hours to finish charting. How many people have had to experience this as a new grad? I'm kind of scared to sign a contract to work for them after graduation b/c of this.:confused:

Sorry, but this is quite average for a med-surg floor, unless you are living and working in California. Or are at a hospital that has better ratios. It is going to be hard for you to find anything different in most places.

SmilingBluEyes

Specializes in Specializes in L/D, newborn, GYN, LTC, Dialysis. Has 24 years experience.

it's normal where I am too. Once you are off orientation, you are expected to take the same load a more experienced nurse is.

jeepgirl, LPN, NP

Specializes in Pediatrics, Nursing Education. Has 4 years experience.

Ditto that where I am too.

If not more patients than the more experienced nurses because they want you to use those organizational skills. And, if you work on a small unit, like me, you take the heavier load because the charge has to have less patients to attend to charge duties.

NurseCard, ADN

Specializes in Med/Surge, Psych, LTC, Home Health. Has 13 years experience.

Depends on the shift, too. For a day shift nurse, 1:7 sounds to me like too many patients but for night shift, 1:7 is wonderful. Particularly if the floor uses techs also. I work nights and if I only have 7 patients and they are all stable, that's a good night.

At the hospital I work for as a tech while in RN school, the ratios are 1:6-7. Does this seem to many patients to one nurse? The nurses are constantly running from room to room nonstop, and some have to stay after hours to finish charting. How many people have had to experience this as a new grad? I'm kind of scared to sign a contract to work for them after graduation b/c of this.:confused:

If this is strictly a Med/Surg floor then there is NO protection. Many states do have hospital state regs BUT they only refer to floors such as ICU, telemtry, etc. This is also why many unions advocate using Protest forms to help protect you and put back the burden of proper staffing on management.

This is why it is is important to be actively involved in your state nursing assoc to effect change

sunshines66, BSN

Specializes in Case Managemenet. Has 33 years experience.

In my hospital

critical care staffing ratios are 1,2 or 3 pt to 1 nurse. Telemetry it is 6-8 pts per RN with a tech or LPN

Med surg it is 8 to 1 with a tech between two teams

That is day shift.

Unfortunately hospitals are stretching nurses very thin. In Illinois we do not have laws governing ratios.

I graduated last year and I have the same patient load, as the nurses who have been doing this for 20 years. I used to really be overwhelmed thinking that it was highly unfair, but now after doing this for 9 months, I have a reasonable amount of confidence in myself and my skills. Organization is not something that you can teach someone, I think everyone has to learn it for themselves. For some it's difficult and for some it comes naturally. I of course, had to learn it the hard way!:)

Reading the above posts, it looks like it is normal, but the hospital I am doing my clinicals at, they won't do that, a new nurse has 3 months to handle 4 pt's, then they bump her up. The charge nurse says that if she has to add an extra pt to herself to cover the patients she would rather do that, then take a chance at a new nurse getting overloaded. It is on the medsurge floor in a little countrified town, where they see patients that would generally be in ICU in bigger hospitals. So that may be the difference.

Good luck, when do you graduate?

zacarias, ASN, RN

Specializes in tele, stepdown/PCU, med/surg. Has 14 years experience.

In my hospital

critical care staffing ratios are 1,2 or 3 pt to 1 nurse. Telemetry it is 6-8 pts per RN with a tech or LPN

Med surg it is 8 to 1 with a tech between two teams

Ahh...the University of WA's tele floor ratio is 4:1, sometimes 5:1. I don't work there anymore, but that place is da bomb.

Thanks for all the comments. I can see that this is not just happening in Texas. I graduate in May 2006:balloons: (2 more semesters to go!!!!!!). I plan to work Med-Surg for 1 year, then move on to some speciality.

sunshines66, BSN

Specializes in Case Managemenet. Has 33 years experience.

Do you already know what specialty you prefer? Or do you want to do med-surg to try to decide what you like? I ask because I have always worked critical care (17yrs), and I would have hated to wait. The skills you think you mind need to hone can come in any unit (specialty) that you like. The most important thing is a good orientation experience. In my experience most in my class by the last semester knew what area they wanted. Maybe a little tweeking one way or another has keep me happy.

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