If you were refusing mandatory OT, hes just blowing hot air. Certain conditions must be met for your leaving work is considered pt abandonment so unless you were walking off the unit AFTER having taken report but before the end of your scheduled shift & no one was coming to relieve you , then I dont know how your employer can threaten this, especially in view of recent events that have happened regarding this issue in your state. Also & most importantly, every RN in your state should know about those recent events. It was very big news & a major coup for all nurses. RNs have to be more involved & keep up on whats happening in their profession.....for their own sake.......
After reading this, print it, post it at work & send a copy to your threatening boss.......
BIG news - the Michigan State Board of Nursing has ruled that refusal of mandatory over time itself DOES NOT constitute patient abandonment.
The attorney general's opinion was asked for by the Michigan State Nurses Assoc. to cement the Boards ruling & pave the way for the defense of any Michigan nurse who in the future is charged by her employer with pt abandonment for refusing to work forced OT...
It was about covering all bases & strengthening the ruling. Maybe you missed the press release. It was in June........
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Nurses Celebrate Attorney General's Opinion on Mandatory Overtime
Lansing - A nurse's refusal to work overtime does not constitute grounds for discipline, according to Attorney General Jennifer Granholm's opinion issued today.
The AG opinion strengthens the MNA-supported resolution unanimously passed by the Michigan Board of Nursing early this year, stating the refusal of mandatory overtime does not, in and of itself, constitute patient abandonment.
"This opinion is a victory for the thousands of nurses who provide health care to Michigan's citizens," says Marylee Pakieser, Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) President. "Coupled with the Board of Nursing resolution, this opinion strengthens nurses' rights in the workplace and affirms their ability to speak up and refuse to work additional hours."
At issue is the pervasive practice of regularly requiring nurses to continue working after their scheduled shift has ended. Many nurses work a 12-hour shift and are then mandated to work an additional four-hour shift, for example.
"The use of mandatory overtime comes up with each contract we negotiate for our members," says MNA Chief Labor Officer John Karebian. "Rather than increase wages and benefits, and improve the work environment to attract additional nurses, employers use overtime as a staffing mechanism."
"Obviously nurses are the core of patient care in our health systems. Forcing nurses to work beyond what they know is safe jeopardizes both the nurse and the patients," says Tom Renkes, MNA CEO. "We are unwilling to let this practice continue. This is part of our continuing push toward the elimination of mandatory overtime."
Flint Senator Bob Emerson (D) asked for the AG opinion at the request of the Michigan Nurses Association.
"We appreciate Senator Emerson's efforts and concern for nurses and the patient for whom they care," says Renkes.
To read the opinion, go to: http://www.ag.state.mi.us/
; double click on "AG Opinions," located on the bar on the left side; scroll down until you see "Locate Opinion No."; type in 7084, which will bring up the header; then double click on 7084, which will bring up the opinion.
The Michigan Nurses Association, a constituent of the American Nurses Association, is the largest professional association and labor union for registered nurses in Michigan. MNA fosters high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, and lobbying the legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and their patients.