Staffing Patterns in California’s Licensed Community Clinics: Registered Nurses, Licensed Vocational Nurses, and Medical Assistants


Tim Bates, Susan A. Chapman

Feb 2010

This issue brief describes utilization of Registered Nurses (RN), Licensed Vocational Nurses (LVN), and medical assistants (MA) over the period 2005-2008. We found that the proportion of clinic sites reporting utilization of RNs and LVNs generally did not change during this period, while use of medical assistants has steadily expanded. LVNs are more widely used by clinic sites that are considered rural. The most common staffing pattern is the RN-MA together or an MA alone. The use of MA-only staffing appears to be an emerging trend.