Reply To: Outpatient Staff Ratios

  • Marcia Bettenhausen

    April 10, 2023 at 1:08 pm

    We are a relatively small clinic and infusion – with 12-20 clinic patient, 12-15 infusion patients (onc, heme and non onc), and up to 3 anesthesia procedures per day. We also have nurse administered nitrous oxide.   Our infusion nurses care for 3-4 patients per day – we juggle staffing so that during procedure times, they are 1:1 during procedure and initial recovery. We account for procedures, nitrous, and chair time – not just numbers to the best of our ability.  Its definitely always work in progress.    

    Marcia Bettenhausen, BSN,CPHON,RN
    Fargo, ND
    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.

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