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    What is your patient ratio for nurses working on a medsurg acute care settings?

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    Michelle Snyder

    Our facilty is a critical access with no ICU. It is not an uncommon occurance to have 5-7 med surg patients with a monitored bed patient which mean cardizem or insulin drip. Most of the time on night shift we are doing primary care with only 2 RN’s on the unit….scary times!


    I work on a med-surg telemetry floor. I usually have 6 patients but on occasion 7. However, I am also handling critical patients post open heart and other who are on cardizem, ammiodarone, tridil, and heparin drips!

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    Peggy Gossett

    Hi Lisa. The med-surg/tele floor you’re working sounds bad. I’ve been an RN for 38 years, the last 12 years as a travel nurse, I’ve never worked a unit that allowed those drips on the floor, Heparin, yes, but not the other 3, those patients were transferred to the unit before the drips were started. I would leave that unit, that’s really bad.

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