Dumb question about overtime

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Specializes in NICU, Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience.

I'm a new grad starting my first nursing job in a few weeks. I will be employed 80% of full time. (I would prefer full time, but the department was only looking for part time.) If I were to work an extra shift over my planned 32 hours a week, is that shift considered overtime? Or does OT always begin at 40 hours a week?

I'm guessing this probably varies by employer, but does anyone have experience with this? Thanks a bunch!

NurseAlyssa87

13 Posts

It would be only after you hit 40 hours, then you'd be paid overtime. Unless your employer gives great benefits!

merlee

Has 36 years experience. 1,246 Posts

It truly depends on your employer and if you have a contract. A few years ago I was contracted for 32 hours, and was paid OT for any extra shifts I worked. So asking your employer is most appropriate.

Best Wishes!

caliotter3

38,332 Posts

In my state if you work more than 8 hours in one day, you are also entitled to overtime for that particular day.

LoveMyBugs, BSN, CNA, RN

Specializes in Pediatrics. 1,316 Posts

Depends on your employer. Where I work anything over 40 is overtime, and anything over your 12 hour shift is overtime.

So I only work registry I never work 40hrs in a week, but as soon as I stay over my 12 hours it is overtime. Something that our hospital is cracking down on, you must clock out on time, if you get any over time the charge nurse has to write out an excuse why, even for 2 or 3 mins

TheCommuter, BSN, RN

Specializes in Case mgmt., rehab, (CRRN), LTC & psych. Has 16 years experience. 224 Articles; 27,608 Posts

I work in an at-will employment state where overtime is paid at the rate of time and one-half for any hours worked beyond 40 in one week.

I work part-time at one job, and the schedule consists of two 12-hour shifts every Saturday and Sunday for a grand total of 24 hours weekly. If I pick up any extra shifts during the week, I will not receive overtime unless I exceed 40 hours that week.

morte, LPN, LVN

7,015 Posts

one reason employers hire ALL parttimers is to avoid paying overtime! If you have a core of 32' employees...you have built in coverage....or at least no OT for working those extra 15-30 minutes per shift.

kerussll

Specializes in NICU, Pediatrics. Has 2 years experience. 72 Posts

one reason employers hire ALL parttimers is to avoid paying overtime! If you have a core of 32' employees...you have built in coverage....or at least no OT for working those extra 15-30 minutes per shift.

That makes a lot of sense. But grr it's sneaky!

diane227, LPN, RN

Specializes in Management, Emergency, Psych, Med Surg. Has 32 years experience. 1,941 Posts

It totally depends on your facility policies. The labor law only says that you must be paid overtime after 40 hours. You should clarify this question with your HR department or your manager. I know I have worked in facilities where overtime was paid after you worked what every your hired FTE was. But this is the exception rather than the rule.