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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:27 PM

Nurses demand change to bill requiring 8-hour shift limit in Washington

A measure meant to improve working conditions for nurses in Washington has some nurses up in arms demanding change. The bill requiring meal and rest breaks for nurses was amended on Tuesday to include an eight-hour limit on workdays.

“It was quite the shock,” said registered nurse Tracy Smith.

Smith said the typical nursing shift of three, 12-hour days is considered a perk. It allows for recovery time and flexibility for working families looking for child care and off-peak working hours.

“If this mandated proposed bill goes through a lot of my coworkers have said they would leave the profession altogether,” said Smith.

https://www.msn.com/en-us/lifestyle/lifestyle-buzz/nurses-demand-change-to-bill-requiring-8-hour-shift-limit-in-washington/ar-BBW6wwL

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leftieNanner Apr 2019 #1
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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:51 PM

1. To the detriment of patients and their families.

The 12 hour shifts are a bad idea. When my Dad was dying, it was terribly disruptive in the hospital. Plus, who does their best work in the eleventh hour?

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Fri Apr 19, 2019, 01:55 PM

2. I so agree.

The current system works for the hospitals and it works for the nursing staff,
but not for the patients. Who wants to be facing an medical emergency with care
givers who have worked 3 12 hour shifts in a row?

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