ONS says for oncology acuity 1 RN for 4-6 patients.
I work on a 20 bed unit. Nights we have 5 nurses and 1 nurse aide.
Try having active chemo, prn pain meds, pca, nausea, med-surg, jp/drains, pegs, colostomy, combative, confuse, climing oob, tube feeding, trach and restraints patients while being charge. We use to take 6 on nights. Now we take 5 but it is still a lot. I truly think onc nurses should have 4 patients. We should be considered step-down without tele experience. Oncology is a special field that needs detail assessment and monitoring. Our floor takes it all... I just feel bad I don't spend enough time with my cancer patients doing teaching... Oh well. I do my best on night shift.Btw does anyone do PRN chemo on other units while having your own patient load?