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FAQ - Nurse to Patient Ratio

What is the recommended nurse:patient ratio?


The nurse: patient ratio and number of hours worked is left to the discretion of nursing leadership in the individual facilities and agencies.  Their decision should be based upon the Alabama Board of Nursing’s Administrative Code.


Section 610-X-6-.03(4)   of the Alabama Board of Nursing’s Administrative Code states that the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse shall “be responsible and accountable for the quality of nursing care delivered to patients based on and limited to scope of education, demonstrated competence and nursing  experience.”  Supervisors have responsibility for the care provided to patients as directed in the Alabama Board of Nursing’s Administrative Code Section 610-X-6.03(5) which states “the registered nurse and licensed practical nurse shall be responsible and accountable for the quality of nursing care delivered to patients by nursing personnel under the individual nurse’s supervision.”

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