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Staffing levels on Telemetry Units

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by missangelkitty missangelkitty (New Member) New Member

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Just want to get a general feeling out there.. I work on a 78 bed Telemetry floor( split int two sides ) dealing with high acuity patients... until now the standard grid has been 1-5, with nurses being pushed to 6 fairly routunely and sometimes 7 patients each shift.. it is not uncommon to have 10 admits and 10 discharges during each shift on each side.. ( 20 admits /20 discharges per shift ).. it has been recently annouced that we will be going to a 1-6 ratio as the standard .. is this a standard in other hospitals ?

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Lovely_RN has 11 years experience as a MSN.

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We do 1:6 on nights with aides and we have 2 monitor techs.

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chicookie has 8 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Peds Hem, Onc, Med/Surg.

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1:6 day shift with an aide. And for nights its usually 1: 6-8.

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FancypantsRN specializes in Cardiovascular, ER.

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the hospital i am at is 1:4 on nights on tele (when I worked tele in fla it was 1:6-8 with no tech/secretary on nights). it depends on what state you work in.

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tokmom has 30 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff.

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Is this a tele floor with drips as well? Our drips are only in ICU, otherwise our tele pts are a 1:3-4 ratio. We have no tele tech though.

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Hi,

I didn't check what state you write from. I am in CA. After 27 years I can only manage 4 patients at a time. In a 12 hour shift that amounts to probably 6 or 7 patients being turned around, discharged. I think technology is far ahead of our human ability to keep up. The ratios need to be lower. Only if we want to do well by the patient.

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Lovely_RN has 11 years experience as a MSN.

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Ugh, that is just wrong. :crying2:

the hospital i am at is 1:4 on nights on tele (when I worked tele in fla it was 1:6-8 with no tech/secretary on nights). it depends on what state you work in.

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mama_d has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in tele, oncology.

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I'm on a 25 bed tele unit, no monitor techs. We do take gtts but don't titrate (aside from heparin and argatroban). Days is 4:1 (5:1 sometimes) with three techs; nights is 5:1 (go up to 6:1 fairly often though) and we're supposed to have two techs, but lately it's been about 75% of the time we only have one. We also don't have phlebotomy or EKG tech, we do all that too.

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ParvulusPuella has 6 years experience and specializes in Cardiac/Progressive Care.

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We are 1:4 days and nights. No tele techs, and 2 UCs/secretaries from 8a to 8p. We're only a 20 bed floor, and we generally staff for 16, with 2 care techs. If we open the last station for 20, we get one more tech.

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