v2.4.0.6
Document and Entity Information Document
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2011
Jul. 29, 2011
Entity Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name ENSIGN GROUP, INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0001125376  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Accelerated Filer  
Document Type 10-Q  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2011  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2011  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   20,977,655