I just got my first job about a month ago. My original D.O.N stayed with my nursing home for a month. When I was hired I was told mandation was for 4 hours and she usually ended up coming in to fill the rest of the shift if no one else would. She has left us and the new D.O.N says there is no mandation law for Illinois that applies to the nursing home setting. She makes us stay 8 hours and tells us if we don't stay we will be written up. The other day a nurse working 2nd shift got mandated into midnights, was forced to stay the entire 3rd shift, and was told not to come back to work if he left after the 4 hour mandate. The D.O.N said she was out to dinner and didn't want to go home earlier than planned to come in. Is it just me or is this unsafe for the residents and the staff? When it happens to me I don't know what I'll do with my 3 year old at 4 am when my husband leaves for work. Can any body give me some information that will help me?