NJ Health Department Releases Nursing Home Staffing Level Report

TRENTON — In the state’s continuing effort to make health care more transparent for consumers, the Department of Health (DOH) Monday released the “Nursing Home Staffing Report” that provides patients, their families and the public information on direct care staffing levels provided to patients in nursing homes in New Jersey.

“Adequate levels of nursing care are drivers of patient health outcomes,” said Commissioner Mary E. O’Dowd. “By making this information available, health care consumers will have additional information that they can use to determine which nursing home might be the most appropriate place for a family member or loved one.”

All licensed nursing homes in New Jersey have been reporting their daily nurse staffing levels to the Department via a web-based system since January 2012. The report released Monday represents 2012 first quarter data.

The report may be viewed here: http://nj.gov/health/healthcarequality/nhstaffing.shtml

The Nursing Home Staffing Level Report, which will be updated quarterly, shows staff-to-resident ratios for each of the following nurse categories: Registered Nurses (RNs), Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs), and Certified Nursing Assistants.

Consumers who wish to access the report simply need to visit the website and click on the nursing home they would like to review. The web-based system contains staff-to-resident ratios for each 8- or 12-hour hour shift—day or night. The report also provides the state average in each category.

Nursing homes often use a mix of RNs, LPNs and CNAs to provide daily health and other care needs to their residents. The report does not provide information on individual nursing home policies or whether a nursing home is located in a hospital, is a stand alone facility, or is part of a Continuing Care Retirement Community.

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