West Virginia Gov. Bob Wise signed into law a bill that prohibits private hospitals from requiring nurses to work more than 12 consecutive hours. Exceptions include emergency situations or if a nurse is in the midst of a procedure that must be completed. Under the law, effective May 17, hospitals must give nurses at least eight hours off following a 12-hour shift. "We cannot ask nurses to work hours on end, jeopardizing patient and employee lives," Wise said. The legislation will cover more than 10,000 nurses at 60 hospitals statewide. -- by Patrick Reilly
W.Va. law limits nurses to 12-hour workdays
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