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CNA Staffing Ratio

There are minimum staffing standards for health care workers in hospitals, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities.  Each state is able to mandate it’s own CNA:Resident Ratio.  The District of Columbia and seven states - Arkansas, Delaware, Maine, Michigan, Oklahoma, Oregon, and South Carolina mandate specific maximum numbers for CNA to resident ratios.  If you work as a CNA in one of the states mentioned above then the maximum number of patients assigned to your care on any given shift can not exceed the one specified by the state.













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Arkansas                      1:6           1:9            1:14 
District of Columbia      1:6          1:10          1:15 Delaware                     1:7          1:10           1:15 
Maine                           1:5          1:10           1:15 
Michigan                       1:8          1:12           1:15 
Oklahoma                    1:6           1:8            1:15 
Oregon                       1:10         1:15            1:20 
South Carolina              1:9          1:13           1:22