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As a nurse, around how many patients could you possibly have under your care on a busy day?

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Rochelle’s Answer

This is a complex question. It would really depend on where you are working (some states had laws on number of pts), what type of unit you are working on ,what shift as well as the acuity of the patients. As a night shift nurse you typically have a heavier patient load then dayshift. I worked on a progressive floor and during night shift I typically had 5-7pts and on day shift it was between 3-5 on most days but there were occasional shifts where I had one patient because it was a complex pt (like our first heart/lung transplant patient).
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Alexis’s Answer

As a Emergency room nurse you typically have 3 to 4 patients at one time based on the patient acuity level . If you patients ate more critical with an acuity level of 1 or 2 , you will have a 1:1 , nurse to patient ratio.

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Darleana’s Answer

In med surge 8 the worse case 10
Thank you comment icon Hey Darleana, can you clarify what you mean? Are you saying the medical surgery nurses normally take on 8-10 patients? Gurpreet Lally, Admin
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Richard’s Answer

2-3 in the ICU but up to 5 on the other wards.
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