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I have been working as a medical floor nurse for 10 years. When I first started our ratio was 1:4-5 with two CNAs for 20 patients on a night shift. Now we are taking 1:6 and only 1 CNA or at times none. I feel like ratios really should be regulated by the government or we need a union for nurses because I’ve heard rumors that my floor will soon be 1:7. That is just ridiculous and dangerous. I miss the days when I actually had time for ALL my patients. There are times when I’m juggling an admit, chemotherapy and blood transfusion all at once. I am also the charge nurse and am expected to take care of 6 patients. I really feel for the new grads and I can’t imagine trying to do this when I was brand new.

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