Nurses to convene to discuss hospital hours

Anita Weier, Madison Capital Times, December 26, 2006 Concerned about potential harm to patients from long working hours, the Wisconsin Nursing Coalition will meet in January to discuss whether work hours should be limited. Preventing medical errors has become a major focus of hospitals nationwide in recent years, but the issue of nurses' hours came to the fore locally after Julie Thao was charged with a felony when a patient of hers died while giving birth at St. Mary's Hospital in July. Thao, who made a medication error and did not follow several hospital procedures, voluntarily worked two back-to-back eight-hour shifts the day before, slept overnight at the hospital and then started work at 7 AM on the day of the fatality, according to investigators. ... Nurses