Mandatory overtime appears to be a serious problem for nurses working in hospitals. Nursing groups as well as unions define mandatory overtime as a time when they’re are made to work extra shifts under the direct threat of being disciplined or even fired in case of their refusal. Nurse managers are used to demanding nurses to work extra shifts, often four, eight, or even sixteen overtime hours. Undoubtedly, it puts extra strain on the nurses after a tough shift.
It outrages a great number of nurses across the country, so it’s no wonder they’re taking action against it. Hospital employers are naturally blaming the nursing shortage for the mandatory overtime. Meanwhile, nurses come up with arguments with the hospitals regarding whether their reasoning for overtime shifts is really valid or not. The national as well as state governments are currently taking action and siding with the nurses in many states. They are passing bills and laws demanding that the hospitals cease forcing their employees into mandatory shifts. Nurses are assured that the care they provide to patients is heavily jeopardized when working long shifts. To be honest, there’re certain benefits to nurses working overtime, though the disadvantages outweigh anyway. Hospital administrators are used to stressing the necessity for mandatory overtime notwithstanding what staff nurses believe.
Making nurses to work overtime about their regularly scheduled shift can’t be safe for patients, as Louise Kaplan, PhD, ARNP, president of Washington State Nurses Association tells, discussing the bill passed in Washington State on March 8, 2002. It’s the view that a great number of nurses have on the mandatory overtime issue. Up to 67% of nurses who responded to an American Nurses Association online poll reported that they had worked some form of mandatory or even unplanned overtime every month. It’s more than half of the nurses who responded to the poll, raising the question of how many nurses are out there who are able to report the same. Of those nurses, the dissatisfaction in their work is at an extremely high percentage.
The issues of mandatory overtime suggest the loss of control over the ability to schedule educational commitments, non-work activities, and also family responsibilities. Nurses not only give up their deserved free recreational time to take care of their patients when doing overtime, they also get back home completely exhausted without ability to spend quality time doing personal and family activities.
Mandatory overtime appears to be a serious problem for nurses working in hospitals. Nursing groups as well as unions define mandatory overtime as a time when they’re are made to work extra shifts under the direct threat of being disciplined or even fired in case of their refusal.