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HEALTH - While a state Senate committee considers a proposal banning mandatory overtime for Pennsylvania nurses and other patient care providers, one local hospital says it already avoids forcing nurses to work full extra shifts.

"We do not consider working excessive hours a safe practice," said Patty Gilbert, interim chief nurse executive at St. Mary Medical Center in Middletown. "We don't believe in it, and we don't do it."

But not everyone believes that mandatory overtime for nurses should be outlawed, arguing it could endanger patients if a replacement can't be found. Among the biggest opponents of the bill is the lobbying group that represents Pennsylvania hospital interests.

The state Senate Labor and Industry Committee has the bill, which passed last month 166 to 31 in the House. But that committee's chairman reportedly also has questions about the legislation and its impact, including the accuracy of the estimated $2 million to implement.

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BBFRN is a BSN, PhD and specializes in Trauma,ER,CCU/OHU/Nsg Ed/Nsg Research.

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But not everyone believes that mandatory overtime for nurses should be outlawed, arguing it could endanger patients if a replacement can't be found.

Oh, I believe replacements will be found- they will be the salaried unit managers, and won't cost the institution a dime. It will also increase accountability for managers with staffing issues.

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NRSKarenRN is a BSN, RN and specializes in Vents, Telemetry, Home Care, Home infusion.

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i encourage all pa nurses to phone/fax /write their legislators ---bill is now in the senate as passed house by large margin. got a nice note from my house rep that he supported legislation. personally took time to meet and greet him in harrisburg last week and thanked him for this support....also asked to have ma funding cuts restored. ;)

legislators want to hear from their constituents on this bill. enough rn voices raised will drown out opposition.

automatic letter can be sent:

help fight mandatory overtime

support hb 834

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Hi brian you were right about my not been on the forum for some time now. I have been busy with some projects.please tell me about the new upgrade.

Hope to hear from you soon

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lyn91153 specializes in Corrections.

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We already have this in NJ--it works!! Keep the pressure on your legislators.

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We have passed this legislation in Washington State. Alas--the Hospital Association is trying to get it revoked!

Penn nurses better get out the vote now and get familiar with lobbying, as we will only see more attempts to make nurses work faster and more hours. We are a highly trained and difficult to replace workforce and so far there is no broad social addressing of the nursing shortage. The reality that 40% of us can retire in the next 10 years and they are replacing about half as many as ther are openings per year......

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Wow it passes in House 166 to 33, I am impressed.

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