I am in northern California, working in a skilled nursing facility. I have been a LVN for about 6 months now and wondering what others thoughts are on staffing levels. I understand Cali has a law of 3.5 (or 3.2 cant remember) nursing hours per patient per day. This includes CNA's, DON, MDS, LVN, etc. I dont understand how this is safe. I have 34 residents and its a heavy med pass. Gtube (with Q 2 hour meds) fresh broken hips, 9 diabetics with insulin. About 28 out of my 34 residents are on BP meds and monitors ( so a lot of BPs everyday) Parkinson's meds (time critical) and everyone has 10-20 meds a peice. I cant do anything but pass my meds, and I am lucky if my AM med pass gets done within 5 hours, and I am lucky to get a break or lunch!!! I have seen some posts on here about people with heavier loads than this. Cant we all get together like RN's in hospitals did to get their 5-1 patient ratios and get us a decent patient load, like 18-20? So we can take care of the elderly like they deserve.