On our Gero-Psych unit, we typically have about 10-15 patients. One RN at night, and usually 2-3 techs. Usually an LPN, but honestly I don't work on that unit much, so I wonder if sometimes they don't have an LPN. Because the last night that I worked, it was SO quiet that I probably really didn't need an LPN there with me.
To me, it depends on certain things. Do you work at night, or daytime? Are you dealing with VERY medically fragile patients, or are they somewhat so? In other words, not really requiring INTENSE medical monitoring? Because if you work at night, and they are not terribly fragile medically... what you are describing honestly doesn't sound very outside the norm at all.
What DOES sound pretty bad to me is the amount of orientation that you received. Unacceptable.
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I just started a geriatric psych unit and I have 10 patients and 2 techs. No other nurse. Is this the norm?
I have a million forms to fill out on each patient and get to spend zero time with them. I've only worked there 4 days but I got no orientation whatsoever. I came in on my first day, the third shift nurse gave me report, and that was it. It is a new unit so nothing is going right. She has also added days to my schedule (I only work 2 days a week) and changed some to 12 hours.
I am a very laid back person and I bawled all the way home the other night. I feel like it makes me look like an ass b/c I have no clue what I am doing.