v2.4.0.6
Document and Entity Information Document
In Thousands, unless otherwise specified
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2012
Apr. 30, 2012
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 Mar. 31, 2012  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2012  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q1  
Amendment Flag false  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   21,342,085