Nurses told to stop ‘overworking’ by staying late without pay

Studies have linked overworking with an increase in patient safety incidents.  Nursing staff are being told to “call time” on overworking, the practice of staying past shift end times to complete unfinished work.

Results from the Royal College of Nursing‘s (RCN) Last Shift Survey reveal the shocking extent to which nursing staff overwork. Of the 20,000 respondents, two-thirds admitted they worked over the end of their last shift, with the majority not being paid for it.

A previous NursingNotes survey found that staying 30 minutes late three times a week equates to 78 hours per year or over £1,250 worth of unpaid work for the average nurse.

Full story in Nursing Notes, 27 June 2022