I am a student nurse and have been doing my clinical on a CC unit.
The nurses all eat when they can and never leave the unit for their 30 minute break (even though they are not paid for that "break").
If someone does leave the unit to get food, they come right back up and sit in an area where they can see the monitors.
The problem is that other people (pt's families, drs, pharmacists etc) can see them and often interrupt their lunch.
It is really the culture of the place, i think, that makes these nurses not want to leave the unit for lunch.
There is also nothing in place to ensure the nurses actually get a break.
I have been researching to see if there is any evidence of systems that work to ensure nurses get a break and feel comfortable leaving the unit. I know it is possible. I have not found much research about HOW nurses get breaks, just that they are important.
Does anyone have a good system going on their unit?
Thank you in advance for your help!