Mandatory Overtime

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Recently I inquired about a full time position at a local hospital and I was turned down becasue I told her in the interview that I would not work mandatory overtime

Is this sick or what... talk about cutting off your own nose..

I do not understand.



921 Posts

Good for you nsmith_rn! You certainly are better off knowing what kind of employer they would have been. All of us should be upfront about this issue when we are hired.

NicuGal, MSN, RN

2,743 Posts

Specializes in NICU, PICU, PACU.

Isn't that discrimination?


94 Posts

In the state of calif we still have mandatory overtime unfortuntaly SB1027 has been watered down quite abit since it first was written and is now on hold


50 Posts

IT was about a year ago that I grew a spine.

I will not work mandatory ovetime

It is dangerous

and your right it is discrimination

against me becasue I have a life and do not want to work 50 hours a week

nurse T

24 Posts

Exactly! I just got fed up last week. I was on call and worked from 8am to 1130 pm, solid. I asked for help from my sup. about 4pm that day, all I got was " oh, you can do it." I tell ya what, I was so tired driving home, I could hardly see or drive a straight line. I let it be known that was the last time that I would do that. Sooo... dangerous. My sup's response was, " You're having family problems, Sometimes that carries over into your work." They'll just get some other nurse to do it if I quit. I don't care, I'm tired of being a weeny and being taken advantage of.


50 Posts

Nurse T your so right

If I hear " you can do it" one more time

I think that I am going to scream.

When I went to nursing school

I must have been absent the day that they said

we would be underapperciated, over worked, Under paid

and STRESSED out by the supervisors.

I am so glad I have this place to vent

Jenny P

1,164 Posts

Specializes in CV-ICU.

Nurse T, your superviser said you're having family problems....? Hold on a minute! If you are like anybody else, the excessive hours of mandatory overtime can cause family problems! Your supervisor had no right to say that to you or anyone else! That was discriminatory and slanderous; and it has no bearing on your job.


20 Posts

Our last union contract specified that there be no mandatory overtime except in case of extreme emergency, natural disaster, etc. It does give me supreme satisfaction to "just say no" to the supervisor. Too bad! I'm not their slave in the least. Perhaps if they hired some new nurses they wouldn't be in this predicament so often.


50 Posts

that is how they are treating us like


this is the 21 century and ( not to not include the men in our profession) But as a female dominated profession we as women are still being walked on.

Well I can say that my back is worn out.

It is time for the tred marks that mysupervisors have made to heal.


47 Posts

I quit a job last year because I was "asked " to work 2 to 4 12 hour shifts a week OVER and ABOVE the three I had agreed to when hired. This was also the facility that when we had severe staffing problems, I got them solved for the next shift, then E-Mailed my mgr. to tell her the situation. Her response? "If you had enough time to E-Mail, you must not have been short-staffed."

Funny thing--this never happened when I first went to work after graduation some years ago. Its happening now because many hosptials just find it cheaper to use OT than to fill the openings they have. Think about it--one employee's benefits, taxes, etc. vs. two. They go with one, and just require OT.

I will never do this kind of thing again. It is not safe for me or my patients, and it sets a BAD precident. :o


299 Posts

It is sad that money has made it to the forefront for decision making. We will never stop being door mats until we start saying no to their unrealistic demands.

I am curious how other facilities are doing OT? At my place what they do is have us sign up for an extra 12 hour OT shift per week (they label it as on-call, but we always get called in)

Are other places just tacking on extra hours at the end of the shift? That is two different things as far as the safety of ones patients goes.

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