http://www.cga.state.ct.us/2000/rpt/...000-r-1006.htm This website had alittle information, however I think that it varies from state to state. In my experience with nursing homes, I have came to find the same thing taking place. The hours given per staff to patient ratio goes further into the charting and asessments that are done to place all the patients on a certain level of care. Also with the shortage of assitants and nurses most facilities have to stay on the short end of the ratios.
They are only required to have a rn there I think 40 hours a week and then on call the rest of the time. Then say for example they are only allowed 5 nurses a day, the most logic is to put two on days and two on evenings then one to nights. I have came across too many nursing homes to count in this number range of 60 patients and that is how they are all ran though. I would just make sure that you have a qualified oncall person.