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What’s the nurse-to-patient ratio is in Ohio?

Monday August 4, 2008
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Dear Donna,

I am an LPN. What’s the nurse-to-patient ratio is in Ohio? I’ve asked the nursing board, but I haven’t received a response.


Dear Donna replies:

Dear Terri,

There are currently no mandated ratios in Ohio, so the ratio would be different in each healthcare facility. However, there is a movement underfoot in the state to attempt to mandate those ratios. The movement does not originate with the board, so they will not respond to your inquiries.

You can contact your state nurses association <http://www.ohnurses.org//AM/Template.cfm?Section=Home> and/or the Ohio Chapter of the National Federation of LPNs <http://www.nflpn.org/stateOrg.html> to see what is happening and what their position is on the issue. There are pros and cons to mandated staffing ratios, so you should get the facts before you advocate for one side or the other.

If you do an Internet search for “mandated nursing staffing ratios in Ohio” or just “mandated staffing ratios,” you will pull up quite a bit of information.

Best Wishes,

Donna Cardillo, RN, MA, well-known career guru, is Nursing Spectrum/NurseWeek’s “Dear Donna” and author of Your First Year as a Nurse: Making the Transition from Total Novice to Successful Professional and The ULTIMATE Career Guide for Nurses: Practical Advice for Thriving at Every Stage of Your Career. Information about the books is available at www.nurse.com/CE/7010 and www.nurse.com/CE/7250, respectively. To ask Donna your question, go to www.nurse.com/asktheexperts/deardonna. Find a “Dear Donna” seminar near you: Call (800) 866-0919 or visit http://events.nursingspectrum.com/Seminar.