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  1. by   lkulmann
    Quote from loriangel14
    Yep.No matter how busy it is.They make sure we get our breaks.
    What state and is it union....just curious....
  2. by   martymoose
    hmm define break....

    I could liken it to old style horse training- They break you until you have no life left in you.......
  3. by   CodeteamB
    The time when I can groan "I'm on my -insert profanity- break! What can't wait another 6 minutes!" When I am disturbed.
  4. by   ThePrincessBride
    Break to me is enough time to finish a decent sized meal and a few minutes to pee.
  5. by   psu_213
    Quote from lkulmann
    Breaks are required by law in some states. If you don't get one, it should be
    In my part of the world, there has been lawsuits over this...employees said they didn't get a break, employers say "your fault" to the employee. Well, believe it or not, the employees won.
  6. by   Penelope_Pitstop
    On our floor, only one staff member at a time may take a break on midnights. Well, there are ten of us. That's five hours and we can't take the break before 1 or after 5. You do the math!

    The techs take their breaks, and a few of the nurses do but most of us don't.

    This is the same management that thinks if you clock out on time there is no way you had a bad night.
  7. by   loriangel14
    Quote from lkulmann
    What state and is it union....just curious....
    Ontario Canada and yeah it's union
  8. by   JDZ344
    We normally all get ours. We cover each other. If it's super busy, we might have to shave some time off, though.
    Last edit by JDZ344 on May 15, '14
  9. by   andreita1382
    I am the only nurse on the floor on a super busy grave yard shift. I Define a break as eating finger foods while I chart. If I get a chance to pee twice, I consider that a good night, and the second time I take my time = break.
    Last edit by andreita1382 on Mar 24, '13 : Reason: spelling
  10. by   CodeteamB
    Quote from KatieP86
    Lucky to get a break here (UK). Shift is 15 hours long (7am until 9.30pm) and we are supposed to get 1 20 minute breakfast, 1 1/2 lunch, a 10 minute tea break and a 1/2 hour evening break.

    However, management rules:
    No lunch breaks allowed between 12-1.30 (you know... lunchtime) as patients lunch time falls in within that time.
    1 RN and 1 NA allowed off the floor for a break at a time.
    If you don't go to lunch by 2pm, tough luck. You've missed it.

    So. That leaves us the hours of 11-12 and 1.30-2 for lunch.

    The law here kinds of screws us over, because it says we must be allowed to take a break but we have to make sure we get it. So it's illegal for a company to say "You may not have a break" but if our work doesn't allow us to have one, then that's our fault, we should have time managed better. Mostly I just take a break long enough to eat and pee, so in all, I think I get around 30 minutes per day.

    At night, we sit down whenever it's quiet and count that as break.
    My goodness! That is insane. I may complain but I take my breaks and if I don't my employer pays me the break time at OT rates.

    We also have no limitations on when we can go, each nurse has an assigned break buddy or pod mate and we work it out amongst ourselves, as long as my patients are covered I can go whenever I please.

    There are people who are chronic break-missers and they will get told to work on their time management skills, and we are expected to inform our charge if we are not getting our breaks with the idea that she will make her best effort to help us get away. The general policy is if you miss your break you will be compensated.
  11. by   edmia
    30 minute breakfast break and 1 hour lunch. Patients are covered and colleagues actually do stuff if needed. It's a break from my day and I take full advantage of it. Oh and lunch is paid of course.

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  12. by   JZ_RN
    I don't think I've ever had a break as a nurse.. I want off the floor, not disturbed, 1.5 hours per day, can be separated in smaller sections. (I work 10 hours 5 days a week) and I don't want to ever be holding my pee. If someone isn't dying, they can wait 2 minutes for me to urinate.
  13. by   sharpeimom
    Frequently, a break for me was simply being able to finish my sandwich while sitting on the john peeing. If I were very lucky, no one pounded on the door and asked, "____, is that YOU in there?" before my sandwich had been eaten.

    This state doesn't mandate lunch breaks -- they are at the sole discretion of the employer. We were given two 15 minute breaks per 8 hour shift or 3 per 12 hour shift which what was I worked. Don't think I ever got to take more than one and even that was rare.