ICU staffing nursing

Critically ill patients require close nursing supervision. Many will require high-intensity nursing throughout a 24h period while others are of a lower dependency and can share nurses. In addition to the bedside nurses, the department needs additional staff to manage the day to day operation of the unit, to assist in lifting and handling of patients, to relieve bedside nurses for rest periods and to collect drugs and equipment. These additional nurses (or nurse assistants) can be termed the 'fixed nursing establishment' and the nature of their duties is such that they will usually be higher grade nurses. The bedside nurses are a 'variable establishment' and their numbers are dependent on activity such that more patients require higher numbers. Most departments fix their variable establishment by assuming an average activity.

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