Mandated! - page 4

I started a new job as an ICU RN in January, and I'm still on my 6 month probation. I work for a large University State hospital and mostly it's a good place to work, but now I'm starting to think... Read More

  1. by   alyca
    Washington has a law against mandatory overtime in nursing. It is their responsibility to find someone to cover the shifts, not the individual nurse's. If they absolutely can't find someone, we have had our assistant nurse managers take over shifts (happens extremely rarely), but nurses are not in any way forced to work overtime.
  2. by   apaisRN
    Apparently our union contract was one of the first nationally to prohibit mandatory OT. It hasn't ever been a problem, but I'm still glad they can't pull that trick in case they ever want to.

    Today my ANM came in, on Saturday, to take an assignment. I don't like her much but I still think we're lucky to have managers that (sometimes) pull their weight.
  3. by   Sheri257
    Quote from alyca
    Washington has a law against mandatory overtime in nursing.
    California also has a regulation that bans mandatory overtime except under specific emergency situations.

    You may want to check with the BON in your state because there may be laws or regulations that ban this practice.

  4. by   clc79092
    Where I work is a cardiology step down unit. Three months ago in an effort to decrease the payment of stipend shifts (10 to 20 dollars per hour extra) we were required to sign up for 2 on call shifts per month but since our unit is self schedule many of us sign up for days that it is unlikely we will be called in. Does not always work as I got called in a couple days ago. Our hospital routinely refuses to accept more patients if there are not enough nurses and the charge nurse and house supervisor cannot find anymore wiling to come in. Most of us are still mad at the 2 on/call days since it had been just one day a month. Depending on the staffing situation sometimes (rarely) we may be required to work in CCU but since the CCU unit has many more staff available it is more common to see the CCU nurses working on the cardiology floor. Our supervisors ask if we can come in but readily take "no" for an answer. Our charge nurses try not to take patients so they can be available to help everyone but if the admission of one or more patients is putting an undue burden on the staff they readily take patients. We don't usually clock out after our shift until we check to make sure no other nurse on the floor is behind and we offer to help where we can. This makes it a much more pleasant place to work.
  5. by   xrockstheheart
    you need to send these people to the state board, and tell them that if they don't have enough staff they should close the doors until they do.