Washington nurses, hospitals at odds over bill limiting overtime, requiring rest breaks


A bill requiring nurses in Washington state to take rest breaks and prohibiting manda­tory overtime is placing health care practi­tioners and the hospi­tals that employ them at odds. 

Hospi­tals are arguing that the bill, sponsored in part by Rep. Marcus Riccelli, D‑Spokane, will cause health care costs to increase and delay certain proce­dures intended to reduce the suffering of patients, while groups repre­senting the nurses argue the measure is an overdue protec­tion against medical errors caused by fatigue and nursing short­ages caused by burnout.


THE SPOKESMAN-REVIEW: Washington nurses, hospitals at odds over bill limiting overtime, requiring rest breaks (4/2/19)