Quote from nurse2bky
the person wants to know what the ratio of patients to healthcare workers is, on average, for places where you work in ca. nurseshrek didn't mention anything about any laws.
here in california when someone asks about "the nurse-patient ratio" they are referring to the california nurse staff ratio law. if you you check out the link to the law that i gave you will see that it clearly says, "by january 1, 2002, the state department of health services shall adopt regulations that establish minimum, specific, and numerical licensed nurse-to-patient ratios by licensed nurse classification
and by hospital unit
for all health facilities" and "these ratios shall constitute the minimum number of registered and licensed nurses
that shall be allocated." most licensed nurses here in california have heard of this law. however, not everyone is aware of the specifics of the law, particularly if their area of practice isn't affected by it.
i did not misunderstand the op. if you don't live in california i can understand why you would not know about the impact this law has had out here. however, i'm concerned about a student nurse who can take a simple question of "what is the nurse- patient ratio for nursing homes here in california??? i currently have 34 patients on my shift.
" and elaborate on it to come up with "the person wants to know what the ratio of patients to healthcare workers
is, on average, for places where you work in ca." that's a real mind blower.