PODCAST: Hospital Employee Roles [Nurses, Med Techs, Clerks and More]

So You, Your Family and Friends Can Have a Practical Understanding Should You or They Ever Be Hospitalized

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BY ERIC BRICKER MD

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Learn the Roles of 1) Nurses, 2) Charge Nurses, 3) Shift Coordinators, 4) Techs and 5) Clerks in a Hospital So You, Your Family and Friends Can Have a Practical Understanding Should You or They Ever Be Hospitalized

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Nurses on General Medical and Surgical Floors Typically Have a 4:1 Patient to Nurse Ratio During the Day and an 8:1 Patient to Nurse Ratio Overnight.

Nurses in the ICU Typically Have a 2:1 or 1:1 Patient to Nurse Ratio.

Nurses on a Floor or Unit Have a ‘Charge Nurse‘ Who is the Head Nurse for the Floor for That Specific Shift.

Those Charge Nurses Then Collaborate with the Shift Coordinator Who is a Very Senior and Experience Nurse Who Coordinates All the Patient Beds for a Particular Division at a Large Hospital (e.g. All Medicine Patients vs. All Surgical Patients) or for the Entire Hospital If It Is a Smaller Hospital.

Medical Techs Provide Support Roles in Patient Rooms Such as Checking Vitals, Blood Glucose Finger-Sticks, Etc.

The Clerk Sits at the Nurses Station for the Floor and Typically Answers the Call-Button for Each of the Patient Rooms During the Day in Addition To Their Administrative Responsibilities.

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