Maryland Nurses and Mandatory Overtime
This paper illustrates the mandatory overtime legislation through the example of Maryland nurses’ over extended workload.
This paper describes the political battle in the Maryland state legislature over mandatory overtime for nurses. The paper examines the issues involved in the debate pitting insurance companies and HMOS against nurses association, patients’ rights and consumer groups. One side of the argument is concerned with the financial profit of private organizations and the other side voices issues of public health and voter anger over declining health-care standards.
“Nearly anyone who has ever been in the workforce has been faced at one time or another with the issue of mandatory overtime that is, being asked to work more than eight hours in a day or forty hours in a week. This situation is sometimes perfectly acceptable to the employee. For example, an accountant might reasonably be expected to be called upon to work more than 40 hours in the weeks leading up to April 15. Assuming that she is being paid for the hours worked, she is more than likely to agree that such a “request” on the part of her employer is a reasonable one.”