Published Jun 8, 2016
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My floor is a respiratory step down unit, with patients on ventilators, bipaps, tele etc. We have 1:4 unless we're short a nurse then maybe a couple nurses may have to have 5 patients.
This is based on a rural acute care hospital in the southestern USA.
Telemetry: 1 nurse to 6 patients (I have seen 7 or 8 though!), CNA takes 10 patients.
PCU: 1 nurse to 4 patients (Sometimes a nurse will have 2, 3 or 5. Depends on the staffing and acuity.), CNA takes the whole unit of 10.
CCU: 1 nurse to 2 patients. CNA takes the whole unit of 14.
CDU: 1 nurse to 4 patients.
ED: 1 nurse to 4 patients. CNA takes around 8 patients.
Hospital in central Savannah river area in Georgia.
Medical, neuro ICU-1:1, 1:2, rarely 1:3
Step down max 1:4
MeDsurg- 1:6 sometimes 1:5 if needed like trach patients or large dressings chest tubes ect. 3 cNa on days 2 at night. 2 CNA's take 18 pt at night.
Cardiac IcU 1:2
Cardiac stepdown :14
Cardiac med surg 1:4 no techs just a unit clerk
Er haha they staff 1:4 but rarely does that happen.
We are a magnet hospital and have a large float pool so these ratios are never exceeded. We will close a unit to admits or the hospital will go on divert. I have worked there 2 years and never been forced to take over a units max ratio.
buffalo2122, ADN, BSN, MSN
Med Surg/ Tele units at Flagstaff Medical Center are usually 4:1 in the day and nights are 5:1. ICU 1:2, step down 1:3.
Respiratory with telemetry PCU. Day shift nurses get 1:4 usually unless we are short. Overnights are 1:6
No set rule but usually 1 nurse to 5-6 patients... I work in a small rural hospital on the Med surg floor... We get all surgeries, pediatrics, and chemo patients as well
Cardiac Progressive Care, usually 4-5 (both days and nights), although I have seen 6 on a really bad day
Peds med/surg. 1:2 or 1:3. Occasionally 1:4, but that doesn't happen often.
holy moly, these numbers TERRIFY me!!
I work in California, where the unions worked to get patient ratio laws passed statewide.
in the three different hospitals I've worked, all in suburby areas, this is what I've seen:
med-surg/oncology/anywhere without tele: 1:5
any type of tele: 1:4
any type of ICU: 1:2, 1:1, 2:1, etc as needed (highest I've seen is a 3:1)
Lev, MSN, RN, NP
ED 1:4, up to 7 at a time in fast track (lighter patients), ED obs 1:5.
CelticGoddess, BSN, RN
I work Onc/Palliative: Days 1:3/4/5 (depends on if anyone is on Chemo) and nights 1:5/6. Every so often (if we are down at tech at nights) we'll be 1:4.
Publicly owned community teach hospital in the upper Midwest/
ICUs, (SICU, MICU & PICU) - 1 to 1 or 2 to 1 depending on acuity Never more.
Step down 2 to 1 or 3 to 1 depending on acuity.
Med surg (tele) 4 to 1 on days, 5 to 1 on nights. Occasionally I have seen 6 to 1 on nights but the supervisor busting butt to get them another nurse.
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