Policy Alert: CNA-to-Resident Ratio Requirements

On Thursday December 10th, legislation S-2878, introduced by NJ State Senators Stack and Weinberg on increasing the ratio of Certified Nursing Assistants to patients in nursing homes, was presented to the Senate Health, Human Services & Senior Citizens Committee.

Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) work under the direction of a licensed nurse to assist residents with activities of daily living, i.e., eating, grooming, hygiene, dressing, transferring, and toileting. (State.nj.us)

Currently, it is not designated that a certain amount of aides need to be on shift per resident. It is a computation that we have at least 2.5 hours / day of nursing services, which include RNs, LPN’s and Certified Nurse Aide. There is a higher computation of hours if there is higher acuity presented, such as wounds or tube feedings.

There are three major components of the legislation S-2878 regarding the minimum levels of staffing of CNAs recommended in New Jersey. In each case, Green Hill already meets or exceeds these benchmarks.

1) 1 certified nursing assistant to every 6 residents during the day shift.
Green Hill has 1 CNA for every 5 residents in the Green House Homes and 1 for every 6 residents in the Legacy building.

2) 1 certified nursing assistant to every 9 residents for the evening shift.
Green Hill has 1 CNA for every 5 residents in the Green House Homes in the evening and 1 for every 8 residents in the Legacy building.

3) 1 certified nursing assistant to every 14 residents for the night shift.
Green Hill has 1 CNA for every 10 residents in Green House Homes for the night shift and 1 for every 13 residents in the Legacy Building.

Green Hill continues to provide care and services to its residents that exceed national and state requirements. At Green Hill, our residents are our family. Best practices and quality of life care for our residents is our mission.

For more information about S-2878 click here.