Reply To: Staffing Guidelines

  • Mary Lynn Rae

    July 17, 2020 at 12:33 pm

    We have an overall staffing ration of 1 nurse to 2.5 patients so that gives us room to have 2:1 assignments and 3:1 assignments with 2 charge nurses (48 beds total) with a mixed Hem/Onc/SCT unit



    Mary Lynn

    Mary Lynn Rae, MSN, RN, CPHON

    NPD Practitioner/Clinical Educator Hem/Onc/SCT

    Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

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    Original Message:
    Sent: 7/17/2020 10:40:00 AM
    From: Kelly Forgrave
    Subject: Staffing Guidelines

    Good Morning, 

    My name is Kelly, and I wanted to reach out to my fellow Hem/Onc/BMT colleagues with a couple of questions/concerns.

    Our unit has been struggling with staffing-ratios/patient-assignments, and I was hoping you could provide some guidelines and/or grids from other institutions explaining how to staff with appropriate staffing-ratios (for Hem/Onc units).

    Additionally, I also would like to know what the typical nurse-to-patient ratio for BMT units is, and guidelines on when to increase that ratio when necessary. (For example, is a 3:1 ratio appropriate for BMT?)

    Any information will be greatly appreciative. Hopefully I can present any/all feedback to improve the efficiency of our unit. 

    Thank you all for being part of this specialty! Sending all the best to all ya’ll. 


    Kelly Forgrave, RN,CPHON,CPN