I must be in the wrong end of the spectrum. I have never worked in a hospital, only in long term facilities. I would love to only have 8 patients. I know my paitients are different, but if they are in a nursing home they obviously need a nurse! I work midnights, and I am in charge of 35 patiets. There are many nights I have known of there only being one nurse in the building. The is a total of 140 patients. Granted their are CNAs and QMA's, but ultimately it is the nurses's resposability. If you think there is a nursing shortage in the hospital it is worse in the nursi8ng homes for the same reasons. I stay because I love my patients and I know someone has to do it.