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How many patients does one nurse normally care for in Germany?

There are so-called "Pflegepersonaluntergrenzen" (nursing staff minimum limits) in Germany. This means that the policy prescribes the maximum number of patients a nurse should normally care for. These regulations are broken down by specialty and are different for day and night shifts. In practice, however, these lower limits are not always adhered to, as the pandemic and also the shortage of nurses do not make this easy.

- Intensive care and pediatric critical care: day shift 2 patients per nurse; night shift 3 patients per nurse.
- Geriatrics: day shift, 10 patients per nurse; night shift, 20 patients per nurse
- General surgery and trauma surgery: day shift 10 patients per nurse; night shift 20 patients per nurse
- Internal medicine and cardiology: day shift 10 patients per nurse; night shift 22 patients per nurse
- Cardiac surgery: day shift 7 patients per nurse; night shift 15 patients per nurse
- Neurology: day shift 10 patients per nurse; night shift 20 patients per nurse
- Neurological stroke unit: day shift 3 patients per nurse; night shift 5 patients per nurse
- Neurological early rehabilitation: day shift 5 patients per nurse; night shift 12 patients per nurse
- Pediatrics: day shift 6 patients per nurse; night shift 10 patients per nurse