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.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.
Prior to mandating an LPN works overtime, the facility must make a “reasonable effort” to find additional staffing some other way. No medical facility can require RNs, LPNs or licensed nursing assistants work shifts longer than 12 consecutive hours.
Not only does mandatory overtime exploit nurses, it threatens patient safety.
Numerous studies have found that increasing a nurse’s hours raises the risk of errors and adverse events.
Exceptions exist for the completion of procedures and emergency situations.
In Illinois, hospitals are only allowed to require overtime in cases of unforeseen emergency.