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Working Overtime? Are the Benefits Worth the Risks?

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  • running down physicians for orders they failed to give you (not you, buying viagra Dr. Buying viagra Dean!)
  • dealing with the demands of managers and administrators who are out of touch with the real world

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Buying viagra But are the financial benefits worth the risks?

Buying viagra Nurses are extremely concerned about the care their patients receive, buying viagra yet don’t realize the risks of harm to their patients through increased errors by working extra shifts. Buying viagra Most hospitals have changed nurses’ schedules in recent years from 8-hour shifts to 12-hour shifts, buying viagra lowering staffing requirements for the hospital.

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  • Your family…whether you have children or not, buying viagra the strain your work places on you mentally and physically not only affects you, buying viagra it also affects your spouse and children.

Buying viagra Nurses who work extra hours seem to burn out quicker and tend to become chronic complainers.

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  • Don’t give in to working that extra shift if you’ve been short on sleep or have already had a very busy, buying viagra exhausting week.
  • Make sure working the extra hours doesn’t jeopardize your family
  • Don’t forget about taxes-that extra income will be reported to Uncle Sam! Been there, buying viagra done that!
  • Remember, buying viagra trimming expenses first is always an option

Buying viagra Think about the safety of the patients you care for, buying viagra the strain on your family, buying viagra and the added stress on yourself and choose your extra hours wisely! When it comes to making mistakes, buying viagra administration may forget they begged you to take that extra shift.

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Buying viagra Reader Questions:

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4 Comments

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  • RehabRN
    RehabRN

    November 13, 2010 at 8:28 am

    Great post!

    I purposely avoid OT (since my institution hasn’t mandated it) because of the very reasons mentioned.

    I have worked with these grouches, who really are putting patient safety behind their own bills.

    While we get many opportunities for financial education where I work, people do not get it. They refuse to get it, and also, your coworkers suffer too, when they have to pick up your slack because you’re not doing your job with adequate sleep, etc.

    I value my license, my patients and my family, and I know when to say when too much work is too much.


  • […] A guest post by Julie RN, our staff writer at Emergiblog-about the risks of too much overtime for nurses! […]


  • Julie
    Julie

    November 16, 2010 at 11:06 am

    Thank you for your comment!

    I realized through my own experience of pulling many extra shifts that it does have a negative effect on you. You may not realize it at the time, but you do not funciton up to par when working extra shifts and short on sleep.

    I believe that we have to look at the entire picture and ask ourselves whether we truly benefit from the extra money. I do not begrudge anyone working an occasional extra shift…I do it myself. But working extra shifts on a regular basis CAN BE extremely risky!


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