In my years of nursing, I have found that a lot of it may be jealousy. Another thing maybe that because you are not taking breaks all the time and actually going beyond the call of duty for your patients. They probably are doing the bare minimum and that is it. They know it and feel guilty/inferior. So, therefore, all of them will criticize you for it. Two things will happen. They will finally run you off the unit. Or, you will stand up for yourself and report this bullcrap to your director, which is a violation of the labor laws, because you are entitled to a break. If they do not take care of your patients appropriately, then they are be neglectful. I have experienced so many things in this profession. I was 19 when I took my first RN job in the ICU. I tell you what else you need to do. Keep a notebook at work for this reason only. Chart all of this stuff just like you would chart on a patient. what time they take breaks, who all goes, what time they come back, the time you ask to go, who wont cover, who is in charge, ect. When someone questions your judgement, don't get defensive. Write that down, why you feel that it is a slam that they are questioning you. Know that may honestly be a safety guard. You have not been out of school that long. No nurse knows everything. I can tell you, I have been out of school for 15 years and nothing turns my gut quicker than a new nurse who thinks they know everything and wont take any advise. They may be keeping you from killing someone and you just don't know it yet. I suggest you do this for a month. Go back and look over it and think. Do you have a mentor? Regardless, if these nurses think you are being a know it all with minimum experience.....you are entitled to take a break and have your patients watched and them be safe. I bet these people you are referring to are smokers probably taking more breaks than they are supposed to and you are even getting what you are supposed to . Now, I have done a lot of speculation, so do not get upset. But, for sure you need to start keeping a log with times and notes and objective data. That is always so strong when you go in on someone. Don't leave your unit or your profession because someone it trying to run over you, because you are letting them. Many people will do this if they think they can get away with it. Good Luck to you! As you have noticed, ICU, ER nurses are a different breed. You need to toughen up and be no one's fool. IF it is something you cant deal with, try a different area in the hospital. Your certifications will get you anywhere you want to go!