A few states, on the other hand, have set absolute maximums beyond which most nurses can’t work – whether they want to or not.
Most states have also made federally-operated healthcare facilities “exempt” from their prohibitions on mandatory overtime.
Nurses have every right to refuse overtime and cannot be punished in any way for doing so.
Exceptions exist for true emergency situations, including when nurses are participating in surgical procedures.
America is facing a nursing shortage, according to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.