AWOHHN Standards for Staffing

  1. I used to have the nurse to patient ratios. Someone help me out here! I know our facility is not following them, I just want to have them to give to the other nurses to use to CYA and for calling in additional staff.
    Last edit by NurseyNursey on Aug 26, '02
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  3. by   shay
    Aw, crap..I used to have them in my microsoft word files when I worked at a HORRIDLY staffed hospital. Hmmmmmm.................

    Maybe try google and see what you turn up???
  4. by   NurseyNursey
    I tried to find it, but am having trouble. Anyone, anyone!
  5. by   Jolie
    Go to and click on the topic labeled "Education and Practice Resources". The last item listed under that heading has to do with staffing. I was unable to bring up the position statement, possibly because I am not a member, but if you know someone who could enter a member ID number, I believe you may be able to download and print a copy of their position statement.

    Good luck.
  6. by   NurseyNursey
    I have tried and tried and can't find it!

    I am bumping this back up in the hopes that someone has it!
  7. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I think your next move is to CALL AWHONN offices during business hours, try to get a live human being there, and see if they can't help you. I sure have no more light to shed on this than already suggested here.
  8. by   NurseyNursey
    Duh, now why didn't I think of that! Thanks!
  9. by   SmilingBluEyes
    GOOD LUCK!!!!let us know what you find, I am so LOW tech it ain't
  10. by   JenniferNRN
    I recently received my AWHONN standards and guidelines book, 5th edition, so here is what it says (wish we would staff accordingly!) :

    Nurse to pt ratio/Care provided

    1:2 pts in labor
    1:1 pts in 2nd stage of labor
    1:1 pts w/medical or ob complications
    1:2 oxytocin induction or augmentation
    1:1 coverage of initiating epidural anesth.
    1:1 circulating for c-section

    1:6 ante/postpartum pts w/o complications
    1:2 pts in post op recovery
    1:3 ante/postpartum pts w/complications but
    in stable condition
    1:4 recently born infants & those requiring
    close observation

    1:6-8* newborns requiring only routine care
    1:3-4 normal mother-newborn couplet care
    1:3-4 newborns requiring continuing care
    1:2-3 newborns requiring intermediate care
    1:1-2 newborns requiring intensive care
    1:1 newborns requiring multisystem support
    1:1 or greater, unstable n/b requiring complex critical

    *There is a note regarding couplet-care and rooming-in attached to this number, however it is lengthy and I will type it only if you request me to.
    Last edit by JenniferNRN on Sep 8, '02
  11. by   NurseyNursey
    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!:kiss
  12. by   storkrnc
    The book, "Guidelines for Perinatal Care" address AWHONN, and ACOG staffing ratios and policies/position statements. Basically, cervidil, low risk, 1:3;pitocin 1:2; epidural and >7cms,MgSO4,unstable pts. 1:1 or 2:1; Hope this helps!
  13. by   aaox3slg
    Can you please type the note attached i need this info thanks