NO. Management will often accuse workers who consistently put in for OT for time management issues. Do not let this scare you. The process may be time-consuming and intimidating, but it is essential to getting you paid what you deserve.

Don’t get discouraged! This is a common management tactic. Contact your steward and ensure you have documentation of your OT request.

Often you are expected to do the work of two or three workers. You are still entitled to breaks and to work your scheduled shift.

It is your employer’s responsibility to create and maintain a safe workplace, including proper staffing levels. If you feel unsafe contact your steward or fill out a Workload Review Form.

Nurses are expected to use professional judgment to determine whether fatigue might interfere with their performance and, if so, to refrain from practicing. Refusing to work an extra shift or overtime is not considered abandonment.