2013 ORS § 441.166¹
Need for replacement staff

(1) When a hospital learns about the need for replacement staff, the hospital shall make every reasonable effort to obtain registered nurses, licensed practical nurses or certified nursing assistants for unfilled hours or shifts before requiring a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or certified nursing assistant to work overtime.

(2) A hospital may not require a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or certified nursing assistant to work:

(a) Beyond the agreed-upon shift;

(b) More than 48 hours in any hospital-defined work week; or

(c) More than 12 consecutive hours in a 24-hour time period, except that a hospital may require an additional hour of work beyond the 12 hours if:

(A) A staff vacancy for the next shift becomes known at the end of the current shift; or

(B) There is a potential harm to an assigned patient if the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or certified nursing assistant leaves the assignment or transfers care to another.

(3)(a) Time spent in required meetings or receiving education or training shall be included as hours worked for purposes of subsection (2) of this section.

(b) Time spent on call but away from the premises of the employer may not be included as hours worked for purposes of subsection (2) of this section.

(c) Time spent on call or on standby when the registered nurse, licensed practical nurse or certified nursing assistant is required to be at the premises of the employer shall be included as hours worked for purposes of subsection (2) of this section.

(4) The provisions of this section do not apply to nursing staff needs:

(a) In the event of a national or state emergency or circumstances requiring the implementation of a facility disaster plan;

(b) In emergency circumstances identified by the Oregon Health Authority by rule; or

(c) If a hospital has made reasonable efforts to contact all of the on-call nursing staff or staffing agencies on the list described in ORS 441.162 (Written staffing plan for nursing services) and is unable to obtain replacement staff in a timely manner. [2001 c.609 §4; 2005 c.665 §1; 2009 c.595 §734]

Note: See note under 441.160 (Hospital defined for ORS 441.162 to 441.170).