Quote from evilnightwitch
Don't go to the ER. Over 60 hours of mandatory overtime no matter what laws are passed. I used to work there up until April 2007 and it was very common to work 20 - 28 days in a row all 8 and 12 hour shifts. There are some nurses who will take your time ut the number of them are dwindling. The ER is currently staffed with 7 travel RN's and the system DOES NOT!!! value their nurses despite all the press they present. It is all about Press Ganey. be very careful.
Wow. That sounds pretty negative, but I think I'll wait and form my own opinion...I am pretty sure that there is NO way ANY hospital could MAKE a nurse work 20-28 days in a row...Not only is that UNSAFE, but border-line slavery. If I were MADE to work more than 7-10 days straight, I would not only stand up for myself and say something, but probably refuse. An RN has a license to protect. I have not heard any horror stories of mandatory overtime like this, and I worked with a supervisor at my old CNA job, not mentioning hospital, who worked there. They have to rotate the mandation, or they would have no RN's left. It's just plain common sense. I mean, I HAVE heard that the RN's do indeed get mandated at times, but you know what...once or twice a month or so....I'd rather do that than work short all the time. I know Dubois hosp does a mandatory ON-CALL once per pay i think. The hospital can call you in four hours early or keep you four hours late during this on-call period, and every RN has to do an on-call period per month...this seems to be the best answer. And of course, mandatory ot should a disaster occur...But, i dont know...I'm not worried about it yet. Williamsport Hosp (Susq. Health) has been nothing but professional with me as of yet. Much MUCH more professional than the hospital where I was a CNA/Intern. And more money as well. I don't care, it's gonna be tough anywhere, but it beats working in a factory for 12 bucks an hour. BUT if it comes time where patients safety is at stake....then it is DEF time to intervene. Thanks for your input, and IF what you say ends up being true, then I will be back to thank you for the heed.