nurse/patient ratio

  1. I work in a nice little rural hospital. Gastric bypass pts are our "major" surgery, which we take up to ICU to recover. Most surgeries are TVH's, lap's, and endo's. We have a 1:1 ratio, except with ped's which we have a 2 nurse to 1 pediatric ratio. I am thinking of travel nursing, and am wondering what the ratio is out there in the real world..... I know I have it MADE where I am at now. 1:2, 1:3, give me some idea please. And I'm sure the cases won't be as "easy" as we have here either, as I use to be a med-surg RN at a HUGE teaching hospital. Thanks for any replies.
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  3. by   gwenith
    Um depends on the country you want to travel - could we have more info?
  4. by   clegault
    I work in a major university hospital in connecticut. We have about 25-35 patients a day in our inpatient PACU. Our usual assignment can be up to 3 patients, including overflow ICU cases. when we are on-call, sometimes they want us to take the ICU cases all by ourselves. (no secretary, nurse assistant, NOBODY else in room). we have tried to change this but our NM says that we can not make a rule about ICU cases and patient assignment. ARGHHHHHH!!!
  5. by   chloe
    I work for a small community hospital and the ratio is normally 1:2 in PACU. Maybe on a very slow day, it may be 1:1. We try to have a 1:1 ratio with ICU pts & kids, but sometimes that's just not possible if they keep coming out of the OR. Good luck on finding a place that allows for a 1:1 ratio all the time. I really don't think there's one existance!