Alaska State: Nursing overtime spurs safety concerns

Alaska: Monday, March 24, 2008: Nursing overtime spurs safety concerns: By Alan Suderman | JUNEAU EMPIRE:”Lawmakers in the Senate Finance Committee heard continued testimony Friday on a bill that would outlaw mandatory overtime for nurses except in a few cases.

Some nurses, nursing groups and other supporters of the measure say overworked nurses in Alaska pose a serious threat to their patients and themselves, and a state law is needed to protect them from being forced to work overtime.

“Mandating that nurses work overtime could be unsafe,” said Sue Behnert, a nurse at the Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.

But hospital administrators say mandatory overtime isn’t a problem in Alaska, and the bill is an unneeded extra regulation that would bog down hospital staff.”
http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/032408/loc_261108448.shtml

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