Me, personally, I can handle 25 or so. On 3-11 we have 2 nurses and 50 residents. Most, if not all of mine, are short term rehab and are like the ones you all have mentioned above. Post op knees and hips sent to us on day 3 and some other short term rehabs. We also get a lot of complex wounds and iv therapy pts...some TPNs. I normally have an average of 8-10 diabetics with qid checks, coverage and lantus, labs, drains, etc. Most of the admits come on 3-11 too. Most of our residents are younger now too. With that comes different needs (customer service issues) and different psych issues. (I'd kill for my Long term residents that "just" have dementia....heck...I don't mind the hitting, spitting yelling ones either)
As a new grad with little orientation....Yes.....this is a bit too much. I've been in LTC for years and started off with just the LTC residents..now that we've made a change to short term, more acute residents, I kinda enjoy the change. I couldn't see myself starting off in a place like this with the staffing like LTC.