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  1. by   -jt
    <<I don't know why else they would ask for an opinion from the Attorney General>>

    It was big news - the Michigan Board of Nursing ruled that refusal of mandatory over time DOES NOT constitute patient abandonment.

    The attorney general's opinion was asked for by the MI NA to cement the Boards ruling & pave the way for the defense of any Michigan nurse who in the future is charged by her employer with pt abandonment for refusing to work forced OT...
    It was about covering all bases & strengthening the ruling. Maybe you missed the press release. It was in June........


    Nurses Celebrate Attorney General's Opinion on Mandatory Overtime

    Lansing - A nurse's refusal to work overtime does not constitute grounds for discipline, according to Attorney General Jennifer Granholm's opinion issued today.

    The AG opinion strengthens the MNA-supported resolution unanimously passed by the Michigan Board of Nursing early this year, stating the refusal of mandatory overtime does not, in and of itself, constitute patient abandonment.

    "This opinion is a victory for the thousands of nurses who provide health care to Michigan's citizens," says Marylee Pakieser, Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) President. "Coupled with the Board of Nursing resolution, this opinion strengthens nurses' rights in the workplace and affirms their ability to speak up and refuse to work additional hours."

    At issue is the pervasive practice of regularly requiring nurses to continue working after their scheduled shift has ended. Many nurses work a 12-hour shift and are then mandated to work an additional four-hour shift, for example.

    "The use of mandatory overtime comes up with each contract we negotiate for our members," says MNA Chief Labor Officer John Karebian. "Rather than increase wages and benefits, and improve the work environment to attract additional nurses, employers use overtime as a staffing mechanism."

    "Obviously nurses are the core of patient care in our health systems. Forcing nurses to work beyond what they know is safe jeopardizes both the nurse and the patients," says Tom Renkes, MNA CEO. "We are unwilling to let this practice continue. This is part of our continuing push toward the elimination of mandatory overtime."

    Flint Senator Bob Emerson (D) asked for the AG opinion at the request of the Michigan Nurses Association.

    "We appreciate Senator Emerson's efforts and concern for nurses and the patient for whom they care," says Renkes.

    To read the opinion, go to: http://www.ag.state.mi.us/; double click on "AG Opinions," located on the bar on the left side; scroll down until you see "Locate Opinion No."; type in 7084, which will bring up the header; then double click on 7084, which will bring up the opinion.

    The Michigan Nurses Association, a constituent of the American Nurses Association, is the largest professional association and labor union for registered nurses in Michigan. MNA fosters high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, and lobbying the legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and their patients.


  2. by   Jenny P
    Julie, in Minnesota, the delegates are the only ones who can vote at our state convention, so I'm not sure if Helen will be able to vote or not-- it depends on what their bylaws say (I'm sure each state is different). In Minn., you must be elected to become a delegate, but if your name is written in on the ballot, there is a good chance that you can become a delegate if your District doesn't have all of it's delegates' seats filled (which happens; something about nurses not being able to predict the future 6 months ahead when they request time off).
    Yes, Helen, there is so much more to ANA than most people (even members!) are aware of. I've been on N-STAT in the past but am not currently just because of lack of time and too much paper and commitments to keep track of these days. I will be back involved with it again probably after the new year, when life should be a bit less hectic here.
    The Michigan Atty. General's opinion was big news here in Mn., our MNA web site had posted it in their "News-Scan" email info (we have a media specialist at MNA (Mn.) who forwards nursing and health related news and info to members who are interested in this each day; the website has some of the more regional news items posted on it). Just trying to keep up with some of the nursing and health care news would be an ardent task each day without this service. I love it.
    Anyway, take a good look at what Mi NA has to offer you and I'm sure you will agree that it "ain't the same" as what so many non-members keep thinking it is. Good luck.
    Last edit by Jenny P on Jul 19, '01
  3. by   rncountry
    I knew about the board ruling about mandatory overtime, printed it out and took it to work, made several copies and quietly dropped them off on the floors of BCHS. The Attorney General's opinion was issued just before going to DC. Got a kick out of the fact that it was one of the docs I work with that called me to tell me about it. I talk to the docs I work with alot. Have given out copies of some of the things Natalie has posted about the docs economics and the nursing shortage. That got some attention! Figure we need everyone on our side.
    I live about 45 minutes away from Lansing, so I am going to just go to the MNA's office to sign up since that is where they are located. Figure that way I will have an opportunity to do a little chatting with someone. Then go from there.
    So begins a new adventure.
  4. by   -jt
    <<I live about 45 minutes away from Lansing, so I am going to just go to the MNA's office to sign up >>

    You might want to call & make an appointment first to be sure that a staff person handling membership is there when you get there.