Let's talk patient ratio! I was chatting with a med-surg nurse friend and we started discussing the patient ratio where she worked. I let out an audible gasp when she said it was usually around 7 or 8:1. She said her ideal ratio would be 5:1 and doable is 6:1 but at 7:1 or even 8:1 it's almost unmanageable. But somehow she finds a way.
Can you relate?! Got us thinking about other specialties in other parts of the country. We want to hear from you! What is your patient ratio where you work? Next question, what SHOULD the patient ratio be where you work? Your stories and experiences matter! Share in the comments section below and check back to see what your fellow nurses have shared.