N.J. Stat. § 30:13-18

Current through L. 2023, c. 118.
Section 30:13-18 - Minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes
a. Notwithstanding any other staffing requirements as may be established by law, every nursing home as defined in section 2 of P.L. 1976, c.120 (C.30:13-2) or licensed pursuant to P.L. 1971, c.136 (C.26:2H-1 et seq.) shall maintain the following minimum direct care staff -to-resident ratios:
(1) one certified nurse aide to every eight residents for the day shift;
(2) one direct care staff member to every 10 residents for the evening shift, provided that no fewer than half of all staff members shall be certified nurse aides, and each staff member shall be signed in to work as a certified nurse aide and shall perform certified nurse aide duties; and
(3) one direct care staff member to every 14 residents for the night shift, provided that each direct care staff member shall sign in to work as a certified nurse aide and perform certified nurse aide duties.
b. Upon any expansion of resident census by the nursing home, the nursing home shall be exempt from any increase in direct care staffing ratios for a period of nine consecutive shifts from the date of the expansion of the resident census.
c.
(1) The computation of minimum direct care staffing ratios shall be carried to the hundredth place.
(2) If the application of the ratios listed in subsection a. of this section results in other than a whole number of direct care staff, including certified nurse aides, for a shift, the number of required direct care staff members shall be rounded to the next higher whole number when the resulting ratio, carried to the hundredth place, is fifty-one hundredths or higher.
(3) All computations shall be based on the midnight census for the day in which the shift begins.
d. Nothing in this section shall be construed to affect any minimum staffing requirements for nursing homes as may be required by the Commissioner of Health for staff other than direct care staff, including certified nurse aides, or to restrict the ability of a nursing home to increase staffing levels, at any time, beyond the established minimum.
e. The minimum direct care staffing ratios required by this section shall not apply to any pediatric long-term care facility licensed by the Department of Health.
f. As used in this section, "direct care staff member" means any registered professional nurse, licensed practical nurse, or certified nurse aide who is acting in accordance with that individual's authorized scope of practice, and pursuant to documented employee time schedules.

N.J.S. § 30:13-18

Added by L. 2020, c. 112,s. 1, eff. 2/1/2021.