America is facing a nursing shortage, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.As the Baby Boomer generation ages, an unprecedented number of patients have entered the health-care system.The medical-surgical nurse has the right and responsibility to provide safe patient care within one's physical and mental abilities. Retrieved January 29, 2010 from Power/State/State Legislative Agenda/Mandatory Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses. DEFINITIONS: occurs when employers require an employee to work more than 40 hours per week, even if the employee does not want to work the additional hours.
RATIONALE: The Institute of Medicine (1999) found the likelihood of making an error increases when a health care worker works more than 12 hours and is fatigued.
All hospitals have occasional nursing shortages stemming from unexpected census peaks, unfilled nursing vacancies, personal time off, or leaves of absence.
As a short-term solution to this problem, they commonly have staff nurses work overtime.
In other words, mandatory overtime is legal for most employees.
If you don’t like how many hours your boss makes you work, you’re only viable option is to quit.