<right now we can't get enough staff to voluntarily stay for double-time plus bonus, so see it coming.>
It doesnt have to come. The hospital should look at the reasons WHY nobody wants to work there & fix that. Do some research. Take a poll of the staff. Evaluate the results. Present it to the hospital & demand that they make changes that will make working in that dept more attractive & also help to hire enough staff. Mandatory ot is not the cure for people not wanting to work in the unit. But it is a big reason why they wont be able to hold to the staff they do have because people will not put up with it for long.
There has to be a REASON why people dont want to work there. Instead of looking at that, the hospitals all just say "oh well we cant find nurses - you have to stay another shift". Most hospitals have no monetary disincentive to using Mandatory ot. Even at the time-&-a-half ot pay required by law, its still less expensive in the long run than hiring more staff or using agency. And less expensive than making improvements that will attract nurses.
Then its a vicious cycle - the hospital misuses mandatory ot for staffing, the nurses get sick, tired, burnt out, leave the job, the word gets out locally, other nurses avoid that facility, the hospital cant attract staff, they dont have enough nurses, and so they call MORE mandatory ot, then....... the nurses who are still left there get sick, tired, burnt out, leave the job, the word gets out locally, other nurses avoid that facility, and so on...........
Its the hospital taking the easy way out at our & our families expense. And is driving nurses out of and away from the profession. Penny wise and pound foolish management.