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A newly hired nurse is told to complete online orientation material at home. What is the best approach for asking to be paid for these hours?
| Response from Carolyn Buppert, MSN, JD
Healthcare attorney, Boulder, Colorado
Question: How Can I Get My Pay?
The nurse who submitted this question provided more details about his or her situation.
I was recently hired as a per-diem registered nurse at a big hospital. I went through a 3-day hospital orientation, and my actual first day on the unit was a month away. The hospital told me to complete online orientation content from home, saying that it would take approximately 1 hour. However, the required education took 6.5 hours to complete, because it was a huge amount of material. For example, a section on pressure ulcers took 2 hours and included stringent testing. The compliance section was 63 pages of material, and I had to score 100% on the test to pass it. I appreciate that these aren't mindless tests; however I feel that I ought to be paid for the 6.5 hours of work. If I am required to do this, shouldn't I be paid? Because this is a new job, I'm not sure how I should approach this. I am afraid that I won't make it past my probationary period!
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