(Solution) NR395 Week 7 Discussion: Mandatory Overtime

Purpose and Course Outcomes

The discussion topic this week pertains to the following Course Outcomes.

  • CO 1: Consider the role of the professional nurse in relation to the concepts of integrity and ethical accountability within nursing practice. (POs 4, 6)
  • CO 2: Explore the impact of contemporary healthcare issues on the role of the professional nurse. (PO 7)

Due Date

During the assigned week (Sunday the start of the assigned week through Sunday the end of the assigned week):

  • Posts in the discussion at least two times, and
  • Posts in the discussion on two different days

Points Possible

100 points


  • Discussions are designed to promote dialogue between faculty and students, and students and their peers. In discussions students:
    • Demonstrate understanding of concepts for the week
    • Integrate outside scholarly sources when required
    • Engage in meaningful dialogue with classmates and/or instructor
    • Express opinions clearly and logically, in a professional manner
  • Use the rubric on this page as you compose your answers.
  • Best Practices include:
    • Participation early in the week is encouraged to stimulate meaningful discussion among classmates and instructor.
    • Enter the discussion often during the week to read and learn from posts.
    • Select different classmates for your reply each week.
Discussion Questions


Have you ever been asked to work mandatory overtime? If so, what was your response?

Did you work the requested hours, or did you refuse? If you refused, what were the consequences, if any?

What is your opinion about the use of mandatory overtime?

Explain the pros and cons of this practice and how you lean toward either allowing or prohibiting it.

**NOTE: This course does not include lessons. Please cite your textbook to earn points in the discussion rubric.


I would be surprised if there is anyone amongst us that has not been asked to work mandatory overtime before. If so, is it because you are protected by the laws in your state, or is it that your hospital does not have an acute nurse shortage? I have been asked to work mandatory overtime severally. While I have protested a few times, and for good reasons, I have also had to step up and work the extra hours. There have also been times at which I volunteered to work extra hours for personal reasons. I have yet to be punished for refusing to work mandatory overtime. Truth is that we have a rather understanding charge nurse who is able to ensure that such overtimes are fairly distributed. Additionally, the nursing staff understands and appreciates the fact that we do not have ample staffing in our organization. Therefore, we commit ourselves to put in the extra hours to help promote quality care and patient safety….Please click the icon below to purchase full answer at only $5