Once again, the "martry marys" of the nursing profession have spoken. If you demand your legal right to a break, you are somehow, less worthy of respect, and the managment harrasses nurses who make it their busines to take breaks that they are LEGALLY ENTITLED TO!!!
If you are threatened because you insist on taking you breaks, start taking notes, and include any "abnormal events, like having difficulty tansferring a patient, or a difficut admission, problems with other units and staff, (so you have 'ammunition', to reply to complaints by management) make copies of your nurses notes, incident reports, nursing care, take a witness in with you for any meeetings with management and administration. In other words, be proactive and one step ahead of them, anticipating anything that they could try to use to get rid of you.
Be smart, do not tell anyone that you are "keeping track" of things. But in case the $!&#, hits the fan, just think how happy you employment attorney will be when you show him your evidence (and he, in turn, shows it to the hospital attorney in your defense). Remember, a picture (or report, a paper trail), is worth a thousand words. This advice is to ALL NURSES, who have problems with management, administration, or are planning a union organizing campaign, or anyone who might be having trouble with the powers that be.
Lindarn, RN, BSN, CCRN