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pedelle@bigpond.com.au

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Sat Jan 28, 2006 8:01 pm

i work in a rehabilitation hospital (30 beds) predominantly general rehab however we specialise in chronic pain management, and so have a spinal cord injury program and multi trauma rehabilitation program. this at times does mean the hospital patient load is quite heavy. how do other hospitals in similar situations work out the number of nursing staff required per shift and the staffing mix. Under law we have to have two Registered Nurses Division 1. i would be interested to hear from other organisations.

Adelle

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Jul 05, 2007, 06:12 pm

I believe our hospital works out our staffing through a formula: hours per patient per day. Thus it is a standard figure. The only difference is if the patient is a "special" ie requiring one on one care; there aren't many of those of course. Generally one can have 5 patients in the morning, 6 on a late, and 8 - 9 on a night shift. Of course, it has been known to be less, when there arent enough staff. This too is on a heavy ward.

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