I'm looking to create a form for tracking pt acuity, in order to determine appropriate staffing. I've heard that some units have a form with something like a point system, where, for example, a pt on fall precautions or on certain drugs requiring increased RN attention are valued as more than a patient who is doing relatively well and able to do most self care. We'd like this form to be something that our charge RN would use each shift to track the actual acuity of the patients currently on the floor, to better determine when the staff RNs can take admissions vs are maxed out. We would also track these forms over a longer period of time to determine whether we have the right staffing mix. (Are our nurses getting overwhelmed and unable to take admissions, because they don't have enough CNA help? Or do we actually need another RN?)Our unit is a new couplet care (postpartum)/gyn floor, currently experiencing some growing pains. Does anyone have anything that works well for them, that I could take a look at, to help me design our acuity tracking sheet?