Practice Information

Working Long Hours


Given the extensive literature and evidence from a broad base of professions and occupations on the positive correlation between number of hours worked and effects on job function and errors, the New York State Board for Nursing takes the following position:

Nurses, who voluntarily work beyond their normally scheduled hours in a situation which is not a declared emergency, must be able to demonstrate that they are competent to perform their professional responsibilities. Voluntarily working beyond 16 hours in a 24 hour time period will be considered by the New York State Board for Nursing as a factor in determining the willful disregard of patient safety by nurses and will be subject to a potential charge of unprofessional conduct.

Last Updated: January 31, 2013