OT cap on nurses improving care

Maryland and other states that have issued caps on the amount of overtime nurses can work have seen improvements in care, according to new research.

A study by the RN Work Project, a collaboration by the New York University and University of Buffalo schools of nursing, looked at data in 34 states. Sixteen states including Maryland had restricted mandatory overtime hours for nurses.

The study found states with rules regarding mandatory overtime wre 59 percent likely to work the extra hours.

The researchers said because the nurses were working fewer hours it creates a safer environment.

The study was funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the results published in the online edition of Nursing Outlook.


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