From what I understand, mandatory OT in PA is now illegal, unless there are emergencies, like snow storms, floods, natural disasters, etc.
I don't want to give away the facility, but what about when a nurse calls in sick. There are normally 2 RN's on the unit. Say one calls off for the next shift. This certain facility is still mandating a nurse to stay over. They do call other staff to see if someone wants to work. Many times, no one can be found to pick up extra time on overnights. So the evening shift gets stuck. I was under the impression that agency was to be called. The supervisor will not allow this if the agency worker has not been oriented to the unit. No agency worker has ever stepped foot on the unit, so how would this orientation occur? What can be done about this without losing ones job? To whom and how can this be reported?