Mandatory overtime in nursing -I need your help - page 3

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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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    I have worked on both sides of the issue. The first time I was mandated OT, I was told,'you should always have a contingency plan in the event you are mandate' Now, anyone with kids know that is not always possible.
    Now I am acting nurse manager and due to severe shortage, am told I must tell some poor soul they must stay.
    I am very torn...if I stay for this person, I will get busted by the union for showing favoritism. I also know how horrible it is to have to stay.
    As a manager, however, I have to make sure our patients are covered.
    The only reason I am writing anything on this thread is to remind nurses that some of us hate to mandate OT, but have no choice.
    I KNOW they hate me for it, but what can I do?
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    what can you do?

    stand up against it, hiremore prns, have your OWN contingency plan, use registry, and if all else fails, QUIT!

    that's what I have done
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    When I am hired for a job I make it clear that I will NOT stay if mandated and if that is a problem they shouldn't hire me. I also let them know that I am well known for helping out when called and asked, and signing up for extras. I've never lost a job because of that.

    Right now I am in a supervisor's position and have the opinion that if there is a call out or shortage of staff the managers and sups need to work out the problem or stay themselves. That's part of the job description here. At my hospital every manager and sup has done extras/OT regularly, and managers are on call for their units if a problem is expected.

    So it works for us, no MOT ever. The one time a disaster was declared all over Eastern US and Canada we got volunteers. We do use travellers when needs exceed the amount of extras we can get from staff.
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    [QUOTE]Originally posted by canoehead
    [B]Right now I am in a supervisor's position and have the opinion that if there is a call out or shortage of staff the managers and sups need to work out the problem or stay themselves. That's part of the job description here. At my hospital every manager and sup has done extras/OT regularly, and managers are on call for their units if a problem is expected.

    I'm glad to see that canoehead. I am of the belief that if you accept a supervisory position, then part of your duties should be to cover staffing - NOT expect your staff to cover for you. After all, it is our charge nurses/managers who are responsible for staffing the unit/floor. Not the staff nurse. It is not my problem if it is understaffed.
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    Originally posted by PSUNURSE
    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? Has it affected your family? Also, are your places of employment trying to reduce their usage? How are they doing this?
    Your help would be greatly appreciated! THANK YOU!:kiss
    Before I read any other comments posted here, I stopped first to respond to your questions. There AINT no way in hell I'd work for someone who had the authority to mandate overtime in my life on a job. If a place of employment has a policy of such, I do NOT work for them. I happen to have a life, and I don't intend to spend it all on a job.
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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"
    damn! i like that quote! :d
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    i think it should be criminalized yes i sure do.... shortage my patooty. there is not a shortage of qualified, skilled nurses......only....

    if nurses were treated decently by doctors, patients, family and their employers, and PAID fairly based up the responsiblity they take on and put up with, there would BE no shortage and no NEED to mandate overtime ANYplace.

    put that in a pipe and smoke it, now.

    Yep, it's a hotbutton issue for me. thank Goodness my union won't stand for this.
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    My facility has recently gone to mandatory overtime. The worst part is everyone is either quitting or calling off because they are burned out. This has lead to the management mandating someone stay over for a double for almost every evening I work. I hope to see this eventually outlawed. I get a stomach ache every time I go because I am not sure if I will be able to go home before day break.
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    My previous facility got an almost entirely new management staff, passed new policies and lost a lot of nurses because we felt the changes weren't safe and our management wasn't listening. They then told us that we HAD to work AT LEAST one extra shift per week (more if they said they needed us) or we would lose our jobs. And that extra wouldn't be counted as OT. Needless to say, they lost a lot more nurses. Including me.
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    Quote from live4today
    Before I read any other comments posted here, I stopped first to respond to your questions. There AINT no way in hell I'd work for someone who had the authority to mandate overtime in my life on a job. If a place of employment has a policy of such, I do NOT work for them. I happen to have a life, and I don't intend to spend it all on a job.
    Exactly why I left the military after 8 years
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