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    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
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    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
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    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.
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    I work on a critical care unit at a Level 1 Trauma Center. We are REQUIRED to clock out and go to the break room, cafeteria, or wherever for 30 minutes during our shift. They don't want us carrying our unit phones or pagers during those 30 minutes, either. It's nice! As a student, I did clinicals on an ICU unit where the nurses didn't take true lunch breaks, but they also seemed to have a lot more down time to sit at their station and read, snack, etc.
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    A nursing break is like a "mom break".
    You seize the opportunity for that break when the time is right, and if you are lucky you might get the full 30 minute break and a couple of shorter ones.
    Your responsibility for your patient does not take a break( depending on who you trust to watch/babysit).
    Sometimes real life needs override an idealized desire for uninterrupted breaks of a certain length.
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    The place I work PRN at makes it impossible to take breaks. The AL is huge and many different sections. It's split between 3 nurses. So I am on the top floor. If I wanted a break I would have to call downstairs to the nurse that has 1:60 ratio, have him count with me, give him my keys, then take an hour unpaid lunch (it uses to be 30 mins since we are on 8 hour shifts but they made it an hour to save money) then have the other two nurses do the same when I came back. Our breaks would total well over 3 hours with count time factored in...I have time to take breaks because I am in memory care with less patients, the other 2 do not so I am not going to bother them. I just stay at the desk to monitor everything and snack on pretzels. When I was in skilled on 8 hr shifts I never had time to break.
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    A break is just that: My own time with no responsibility for anything at work.

    We get 60 minutes (30 paid, 30 not) somewhere 1/3 to 2/3 of the way through the shift.

    Slipping off the floor for 5 minutes to pee isn't a break and I won't ask for permission nor offer an apology for doing so as needed.
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