Thursday, June 19, 2008

Woo Hoo!!!!!!!

Today marks the beginning of the end of a dark and dangerous practice. The great state of New York is moving to ban mandatory overtime for nurses!

In the past year, I have only been mandated once, and that was one time too many. When my twelve hour night shift ends at 07:30, I barely have enough steam to drive the five miles back home. An additional four hours, at the busiest time of the day on the floor, is just plain dangerous.

This is a great day for nurses, and a great day for our patients!


Anonymous said...

Fortunately, I have been lucky enough to work for hospitals that never had mandatory overtime; but I have worked 16 hour days very rarely. Those last 4 hours are awful, especially after a 12 hour nightshift. Glad to know that you can't be mandated anymore after this.


heidi said...

Is that the cheering I heard from over there at the hospital? Congratulations. Now if they would only pay nurses what they're worth....(their weight in gold)we'd be living in a perfect world.