Bill to Prohibit Nurse Mandatory Overtime to Receive Sponsor Testimony
COLUMBUS – Legislation aimed at making Ohio the 19th state to prohibit nurse mandatory overtime will have sponsor testimony Wednesday, January 31st and 9:00am. The House Bill 456’s sponsor, Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay), will present to House Health Committee members the importance of this legislation, and reasons why nurse fatigue, a consequence of mandatory overtime, poses dangers to patient care.
WHAT: House Bill 456 Sponsor Testimony
WHERE: Ohio Statehouse, Room 121
Fatigue can affect nurses’ ability to deliver optimal patient care. Research demonstrates that fatigue causes an increased risk in errors, decline in memory, reduced ability to learn, and impaired mood and communication skills. Further, scientific evidence links long working hours to many health effects, including cardiovascular disease and cancer.
House Bill 456 would give nurses the right to refuse overtime if they feel too fatigued to continue to provide safe patient care without fear of termination or licensure sanctions.
Spokespeople will be available before and after the hearing for interviews.
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