Mandatory overtime in nursing -I need your help - page 2

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Hi everyone. Im a senior nursing student at Penn State, and I am doing a huge report on mandatory overtime. I need your help! What are your experiences with mandatory overtime? Has it affected your physical and mental health?... Read More


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    There are areas of Nursing where mandatory overtime is part of the Specialty. Surgery is a prime example. So is Recovery Room- PACU) Nurses are expected to take call. These are highly specialized areas and you can't pull in an agency nurse last minute (unless you use an agency that strictly provides these kinds of nurses). You need to include this in your paper. Here is a goodie to do in closing of your paper.
    In Ireland, it is federal law that nurses are only allowed to work 37.5 hours a week, their stats show any more, the nurse is judgmentally impaired, and errors happen.
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    Mandatory overtime..

    with a 12 hour shift and a full night of call. I have worked a 21 hour shift..and needed to be back in the morning for my regular shift again! Shower, change, and start all over.............
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    Originally posted by ageless
    Mandatory overtime..

    with a 12 hour shift and a full night of call. I have worked a 21 hour shift..and needed to be back in the morning for my regular shift again! Shower, change, and start all over.............
    that's not mandatory overtime...
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    The Australian experience

    We don't have - have never even heard of it until I came to this board. We have on call for places like theatre and the staff who work there are paid to be on call - it is a pittance but they are paid. We can be asked to do over time and we will do so but it is an ask not a demand. We are not allowed to have less than an eight hour break between shifts and if you work into that eight hours of your rostered time off then you so not come back to work until eight hours after you finished AND you are paid "fatigue" leave. They don't consider mandatory overtime because it is too expensive!!!
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    I quit my first and ONLY nursing job that required that I work mandantory OT. The OT and not knowing when I'd get off work is 95% of why I'm not still there now.

    It was overall a pretty good job and super close to my house, but mandantory OT is bull.
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    Originally posted by lsyorke
    It comes down to "Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on mine"
    Perfectly put. It's not my problem that arrangements weren't made ahead of time. Hospitals that mandate OT but refuse to utilize agency nursing - what a load of bull.
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    The hospital I worked at started Manadatory OT. we all thought it would be a "short fix" to the staffing problems however it continued on and on. Sooo finally the union that was trying to get in was accepted by the RN staff..first thing to go was the mandatory OT.

    Erin
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    I quit my last job because of the mandatory overtime that went out of control. Once in a while was not so bad but when it became the answer to a missing 2nd shift nurse I was gone. It takes you away from your family , causes agitation between staff members, causes stress on your mind and body, and is a unsafe work situation. Deb
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    Originally posted by Erin RN
    The hospital I worked at started Manadatory OT. We all thought it would be a "short fix" to the staffing problems. However, it continued on and on. Sooo finally the union that was trying to get in was accepted by the RN staff..first thing to go was the mandatory OT.

    Erin
    Woohoo!

    Great for you, standing your ground and getting results. You showed 'em!
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    I refuse to do it, and recently quit a job that had agreed I wouldn't be subject to it, then reneged on the deal a few weeks later. Fundamentally it is matter of surrendering all your time, scheduled and non-scheduled, to your employer's whims. Forget it.


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