Reply To: Outpatient Staff Ratios

  • Rhoda Phillips

    Member
    August 19, 2022 at 9:17 am

    Morning-
    We assess the acuity of the infusion/patient as well.  The treatment area usually sees about 40-50 patients and we staff between 7-10 RNs.   They average 4 -6 patient per day and they work 10 or 12 hour shifts.

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    Rhoda Phillips, MSN,RN,CPHON
    Houston, TX
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 08-18-2022 07:11 AM
    From: Krysten James
    Subject: Outpatient Staff Ratios

    We definitely staff based on acuity of patients who are going to be coming in for the day.  Say we have 4 patients, but we know they are going to be closer to 1:1 care, we make sure we have extra hands on deck.  We also do other infusions besides chemo/oncology, so we take that into account as well when we are staffing.

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    Krysten James, RN
    Registered Nurse
    Whiting, IN
    United States
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    Original Message:
    Sent: 08-05-2022 11:49 AM
    From: William Copeck
    Subject: Outpatient Staff Ratios

    I am curious about staffing ratios in the outpatient setting.
    What do people use as nurse/patient ratios? Do you base this only on volume or do you factor in acuity, infusion/procedures types, complexity of care, etc?
    Any input is appreciated.
    Thanks

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    [Bill] [Copeck],
    [Nurse Manager]
    [St. Joseph’s Children’s Hospital]
    [Paterson], [NJ]
    [USA]
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