1:10? Ouch. We are spoiled at my hospital. Med/Surg has a 1:5 ratio. The ICU is 1:2. The worst ratio I ever had was down in Salem OR where on the TELE floor, it was 1:5, but these were sick patients, sicker than my current hospital’s ICU patients, and it was total care, no CNA help. Glad I didn’t kill anyone back then as a fairly new nurse. I currently work in a small, rural hospital, which I find nice, but the bigger hospital in the city used to have 1:12 ratios on some floors, but I’m not sure if they still do that many or not. I’m glad there are energetic nurses like you out there, but I think this old man will stay in the rural areas.
Such a shame to hear about those super high ratios. I was on a step down unit and we were 1:6 which was a little high, five would have been nice. I’m with my grandma in another hospital in their ICU and their ratio is 1:2-3, ICU was like that at my old job too. The med-surg at my old job went all the way up to 7-8! Nuts! The government should regulate the ratios!
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.
Our hospital used to have 1:4 maybe five but we had a lot of nurses being on low census a lot because they staffed for 42 patients and generally only had 30. Of course we have now made adjustments and have implemented a resource team and downsized the actually nurses scheduled and we got slammed of course.