Nurse Staffing Ratios: 3rd Quarter

Reporting Period: July - September 2016
Name of ICU Type of ICU Average Daily Patient Census Average Daily Staff Nurse Census Average Daily Staff Nurse-to-Patient Ratio
ICU - Salem Medical - Surgical 12 8.7 1 : 1.37
ICU - Union Medical - Surgical 4.6 3.0 1 : 1.50
CSU - Salem * Coronary Care Unit 3.8 2.6 1 : 1.48

*The Cardiac Surgical Unit at NSMC closed on July 18. CSU data will remain on this site for another 4 years, but in the 4th quarter page for 2016 and going forward there will be no CSU data.




Current standard for ratio reporting

  • The current standard for RN-to-Patient ratio for high acuity patients is 1:1.
  • For patients determined to be at a lower acuity, the recommended ratio is 1:2.