Mandatory overtime will be implemented in our facility starting in January. The theory is that patient census is slowly going down, but there are still many gaps to fill within nursing. Hiring to full census would equal putting people on-call frequently. Currently, we are used to working short-handed (like anywhere else) but the aim is for this to become less frequent. The norm should be staffing to matrix according to administration. This mandatory overtime will be scheduled per unit within a schedule that fits each individual (in theory–we haven’t gotten to that point just yet). Our mandatory overtime will be 24 hours in a 3 month (90 day) period, which does not seem ridiculous. However, looking ahead at my schedule–where will I fit another 8 or 12 hour shift? Plus we are switching to CPOE and there are frequent in-house trainings (3-4 hours), plus other education (an hour here, an hour there). I quit the only committee I was part of–because–this place is just taking up too much space in my life! I am trying to be positive about this extra 24 hour thing, and possibly using it creatively and signing up for shifts in another part of the facility (just for a different experience). But, have you experienced mandatory overtime? Are you currently doing this in your facility? How did it work out for you?
Let me clarify: I wrote that staffing to matrix should be the norm “according to administration.” I agree that staffing to our matrix should be the norm! But I was trying to say that this was the administration’s “pitch” if you will, in regards to mandatory overtime. Part of the justification.
We were placed on Mandatory OT for a short period many years ago. It bred negativity on the unit.
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