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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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