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|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 04/04/2010

Nurse clocks 1,500 hours of overtime

Cape Breton, N.S. — Cape Breton health officials are examining the district’s labour policies after a report revealed the health authority paid a critical-care nurse nearly $140,000 in overtime during 2008-2009. The nurse was paid for working 1,500 extra hours that year, while two other nurses in the same field were paid a combined $110,000 in overtime, found Nova Scotia’s auditor general. Only a limited number of nurses have critical-care experience, said district chief executive John Malcom, and the nurses were filling in where there were a lot of vacant positions. The health authority expects another big overtime payout for 2009-2010 because staff with flu-like symptoms were asked to stay home to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus.

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