New grad living in misery r/t nurse managers and educator - page 2

i've been working my first rn job ever at a large nyc hospital for 10 weeks now, and along with the other new hires (6 of us in total, high turnover rate), am starting to dread coming to work because... Read More

  1. by   cally527
    US DOL website direct quote "An employer who requires or permits an employee to work overtime is generally required to pay the employee premium pay for such overtime work. Employees covered by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) must receive overtime pay for hours worked in excess of 40 in a workweek of at least one and one-half times their regular rates of pay. The FLSA does not require overtime pay for work on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, or regular days of rest, unless overtime hours are worked on such days"
    If you were hired as an exempt employee then you should be salaried. If you are paid hourly then your are non exempt and covered by the federal overtime laws. Report the hospital to the DOL and they will change their tune quickly, and have to pay you and all employees, (current and prior) all OT pay that is due to them
  2. by   elprup
    So sad this is normal at many places. Allnurses has over 590,000 members! One would think we could incite changes!
  3. by   Lucky0220

    it seems that the op has not answered our questions as to whether he/she is hourly or salaried. in any case, since this is an important topic, i thought i would paste this info from the wage and hour division of the dept. of labor:

    wage and hour division (whd)
    fact sheet #17n: nurses and the part 541 exemptions under the fair labor standards act (flsa)

    to qualify for the learned professional employee exemption, all of the following tests must be met:
    the employee must be compensated on a salary or fee basis (as defined in the regulations) at a rate not less than $455 per week;
    the employee's primary duty must be the performance of work requiring advanced knowledge, defined as work which is predominantly intellectual in character and which includes work requiring the consistent exercise of discretion and judgment;
    the advanced knowledge must be in a field of science or learning; and
    the advanced knowledge must be customarily acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
    registered nurses who are paid on an hourly basis should receive overtime pay. however, registered nurses who are registered by the appropriate state examining board generally meet the duties requirements for the learned professional exemption, and if paid on a salary basis of at least $455 per week, may be classified as exempt.

    licensed practical nurses and other similar health care employees, however, generally do not qualify as exempt learned professionals, regardless of work experience and training, because possession of a specialized advanced academic degree is not a standard prerequisite for entry into such occupations, and are entitled to overtime pay.

    hope this helps

  4. by   nopainNurse
    Quote from mindlor
    Now hang on a New York minute. As I read the OP my feeling is that these managers are trying to do right by these new hires and train them properly...........

    I wish there was a "strongly disagree" option next to the "like" button!
  5. by   Lucky0220
    Quote from nopainNurse
    I wish there was a "strongly disagree" option next to the "like" button!
    Do not encourage 'mindlor' by responding to his posts which are always argumentative. Read some of them...and you will see what I mean. He likes to push everyone's buttons.
  6. by   maxdog
    Hi, thanks so much for your words of encouragement, everyone... I think about leaving this job every day!! I love being a nurse and all I want to do is focus on taking care of my patient, not constantly think about my dreaded nurse manager all the time. The only problem is, this is my first RN job and I feel like it's necessary to commit a year to this position before I go elsewhere. There's actually a nurse manager on another floor who I'm friendly with who has already said she would hire me-- however Nurse Recruitment at my hospital says that all nurses have to work at least 1 year in their current position before they can transfer to another floor. So I guess I'm stuck here.

    Also YES, I am salaried-- so I guess this means I have no leverage to get out of staying late ...