10 nursing rules you’ve never heard of

4. Overtime work doesn’t always equal overtime pay.
In states like California, it’s the law for overtime work to be paid at overtime pay (time and a half). This is for all employees who work more than eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week. Of course, this is adapted in the healthcare setting, where nurses often work 12-hour shifts. Obviously the system wouldn’t work if everyone were paid for four hours overtime every time they worked. There are also some groups of employees who are exempt from the overtime law, but nursing isn’t on the list. Who is exempted? Sheepherders. Go figure.

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