Earlier this week, Governor Deval Patrick's signed new health care cost containment legislation that included a ban on mandatory overtime at acute care hospitals. Since the Institute of Medicine's focus on preventable deaths related to mandatory overtime on patient care in their 2004 report: "Keeping Patients Safe: Transforming the Work Environment of Nurses", many states have enacted similar legislation to ban the practice of mandatory overtime.
To read more about the passage of this integral piece of patient safety legislation, click here.
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