I said that I normally take at least half an hour for break. This is not a normal occurrence. I just want to know what you would do in this situration - would you rather take your break or get out on time? I know that in a perfect world, we would always do both, and my coworkers do cover for me...we always give a mini report to someone before we go anywhere.
As for the "no lunch" thing, we do that, but either way they get on us. If you stay over, they yell at you,and if you get out on time but dont take a lunch, then they yell at you for not taking your break, so it's really the same either way.
Our acuity varies greatly from week to week (or even day to day - I bet my chemo embo will be fine today!), so this does happen occasionally, and it has nothing to do with time management or organization. And for the record, I did have someone help me last night. I'm not stupid, I had the manager give a pneumonia and flu vax to a pt (since that was left for me by the shift before), and I had another RN who was caught up pass a few meds for me. I prefer to share the wealth, you see.