Brewer also told HealthLeaders that hospitals in other states shouldn't wait for an official ban. In addition to the stress it places on nurses and the patient safety risks it poses, mandatory overtime is a major source of dissatisfaction for employees.
Hospitals that haven't imposed their own bans on mandatory overtime should look closely at revamping current scheduling practices long before a ban requires them to do so. Kelly-Williams says nurse leaders can affect change in their organizations by listening to the concerns of staff nurses and respond to their concerns.
"A lot of what we do is with our eyes...to really be that safety net to prevent things from happening," Kelly-Williams says. "And you can't do that when you've gone beyond your shift."