How common is it at your facility to do an overtime shift?


How common is it at your facility to do an overtime shift??? I know for some places it is very unlikely... and if you must do OVERTIME shift, it must be approved beforehand...

How strict is it at your facility?

madwife2002, BSN, RN

74 Articles; 4,777 Posts

Specializes in RN, BSN, CHDN. Has 26 years experience.

It is very strict at my facility but if there is a call off or staffing shortage then we have no choice. Not many people like to work overtime to be truthful, they like to milk the clock but not do an extra day

Specializes in Telemetry, CCU.

Well they are pretty strict about incremental overtime, which is when you clock out 15 min late because it puts you into double time and all those 15 min add up and cost the facility a lot of money. However, when we are short staffed they will call around and try to get someone in to work an extra shift and since we are union they have to do this before they call a registry person.

Annaiya, NP

555 Posts

Specializes in PICU. Has 5 years experience.

In the winter you can work as much overtime as you want. In the summer you're sometimes lucky to just get your 3 shifts a week.

loriangel14, RN

6,931 Posts

Specializes in Acute Care, Rehab, Palliative.

I can work overtime every week if I want to pick it up.Especially in the summer.


174 Posts

Specializes in Correctional Nursing, Orthopediacs.

We are short staffed in my department so they are always offering overtime. I end up sometimes earning overtime due to the amount of charting we do.


54 Posts

If I wanted to right now I could probably work overtime every day of the week. Not strict and have a list sent out each week or two.

Kyrshamarks, BSN, RN

4 Articles; 626 Posts

Put it this way. The three hospitals that are in the chain I work for have almost FIVE HUNDRED overtime shifts available this schedule alone. They are offering bonuses of 50 to 100 per shift just ti eork them. I average five to six twelve hour shifts per week.

tokmom, BSN, RN

4,568 Posts

Specializes in Certified Med/Surg tele, and other stuff. Has 30 years experience.

They prefer not to and if you trade a day that will put you into OT, the Kronos nazi lady will hunt you down. Otherwise if we are short staffed, then it's ok.

Specializes in PACU. Has 4+ years experience.

I'm not sure how it is in other departments in our hospital, but in my department it's next to impossible to get an entire shift of overtime unless you count weekend/night call. That's more due to a lack of a need than anything, though. There's often an opportunity to pick up a little OT by staying late when we're busy or down a person.

Flo., BSN, RN

571 Posts

Specializes in Developmental Disabilites,. Has 7 years experience.

In the winter we have tons of extra shifts available. In the summer we are usually low volumed at least once a week. For some reason people just don't get as many elective surgeries when the weather is nice. ;)


902 Posts

Has 6 years experience.

Very common . . . due to sick calls, short-staffing or high acuity. Some of the "OT hounds" on the unit have worked 48 hrs OT in a 2 week pay period. Apparently, it is more cost-effective to pay the OT, than hire more staff!?