Anyone know on average what the ratio is for So. Cal? Thanks!
Last edit by tucker12 on Nov 4, '07
Nov 4, '07
The patient ratio for MedSurg in California is 5:1 per licensed nurse. A licensed nurse is defined as RN, LVN, & Psych Tech. Certified Nursing Assistants are not licensed, therefore cannot be included in the ratio.
Many hospitals in California will assign a RN and LVN together as a team. This team will then be assigned 10 patients total, keeping with 5 patients per licensed nurse ratio.
Unfortunately, there's a number of hospitals that will give a RN, LVN team greater than 10 patients, breaking the law.