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States’ Caps on Mandatory Overtime for Nurses Having Intended Effect, New Study Finds

Limiting Overtime, Overall Hours Considered Key to Patient Safety

January 27, 2012 -- A newly published study finds that state-mandated caps on nurses’ mandatory overtime hours are working, reducing overtime hours for newly registered nurses in the affected states. Past research has demonstrated that fatigue caused by long hours without sufficient rest between shifts can lead to mistakes that imperil both patients and nurses.

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