State Mandatory Overtime Regulations and Newly Licensed Nurses’ Mandatory and Voluntary Overtime and Total Work Hours

* Winner of Nursing Outlook’s Excellence in Policy Award

Nurse overtime has been used to handle normal variations in patient census and to control chronic understaffing. By 2010, 16 states had regulations to limit nurse overtime. We examined mandatory overtime regulations and their association with mandatory and voluntary overtime and total hours worked by newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs).


Bae, S.H., Brewer, C.S., & Kovner, C.T.

Nursing Outlook. 60(2), 60-71. 


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