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Nurse Overtime Ban a Victory for Bay State RNs

Alexandra Wilson Pecci, for HealthLeaders Media, August 14, 2012

Brewer also told HealthLeaders that hospitals in other states shouldn't wait for an official ban. In addition to the stress it places on nurses and the patient safety risks it poses, mandatory overtime is a major source of dissatisfaction for employees.

Hospitals that haven't imposed their own bans on mandatory overtime should look closely at revamping current scheduling practices long before a ban requires them to do so. Kelly-Williams says nurse leaders can affect change in their organizations by listening to the concerns of staff nurses and respond to their concerns.

"A lot of what we do is with our eyes...to really be that safety net to prevent things from happening," Kelly-Williams says. "And you can't do that when you've gone beyond your shift."


Alexandra Wilson Pecci is a managing editor for HealthLeaders Media.

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Marie Kassai (8/15/2012 at 11:32 AM)
My concern is that the rules banning mandatory overtime are to protect the patients and that the nurses who refuse overtime frequently do so in order to work at another institution. The laws which prohibit provide a false security because they do not eliminate the nurse working what would be defined as overtime if she or he does so in another institution. Marie