Quote from MunoRN
With all the hype related to fatigue and performance, the only factor that has been clearly implicated in an increased risk for errors, injuries, etc is OT. Considering Hospitals can actually save some money by having Nurses work OT, I give any hospital credit if they're willing to do away with it.
Nurses so often shoot themselves in the foot, but they feel it is somehow different because it is their mouth on the trigger instead of a finger.
At facilities where OT is common/mandated, everyone drones on and on about safety and how they have no time for a life at home. Then take the OT away and watch how suddenly the tune changes to needing better pay or staffing. This isn't directed at the OP, its just a trend I've witnessed.
Me, I firmly believe it is better to limit OT. Too many people abuse it and work themselves to the point where just staying awake during each shift requires intervention from their higher power. In the end, what you are left with is a nurse that requires too much support from their co-workers, so much so that it would have been about the same for them to have just stayed at home.
Me, I'd rather work where OT is not allowed or is severely limited. My current facility allows it, but with many stipulations.
To the OP: Don't look a gift horse in the mouth. Id take the opportunity to reevaluate my living expenses and figure out how to live within the means a full time position allows me. Heck, I will be cancelling my cable soon because I had to do just that and it was the least necessary bill I could find. Many veteran nurses will tell you OT is poisonous and no matter how good it seems in the short term, in the long run it is addictive and harmful.
We all float down here.