Mandating overtime

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Nearly half of that number were required to work at least part of their hours, and another 32 percent felt that they "had to stay" whether or not they were officially required to do so.

Most nurses, in fact, do not have a choice but to stay even when they are exhausted because employers threaten discipline, termination or even loss of licensure when an employee refuses to work overtime.

A nurse may be disciplined for refusing mandatory overtime in the case of an unforeseen emergent circumstance when overtime is required as a last resort to ensure patient safety.

Any nurse who is mandated to work more than 12 consecutive hours, as permitted by this section, must be allowed at least 10 consecutive hours of off-duty time immediately following the worked overtime.

As a short-term solution to this problem, they commonly have staff nurses work overtime.

An employee worked more than 12 consecutive hours shall be entitled to at least ten consecutive hours of off-duty time immediately after the worked overtime.

After July 1, 2009, If you suspect a violation of the law has occurred, contact the Department of Labor at 1-800-932-0665.

After years of efforts, Pennsylvania nurses have won this important protection for the sake of our patients and our profession.

The law (“Act 102”) prohibits healthcare facilities from requiring nurses and other direct caregivers to work in excess of agreed to, predetermined, and regularly scheduled daily work shifts.

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