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  1. Visit  Shiner50 profile page
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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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  2. Visit  RNperdiem profile page
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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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  3. Visit  HippyDippyLPN profile page
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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.
  4. Visit  ♪♫ in my ♥ profile page
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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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  5. Visit  gcupid profile page
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    It's embarrassing to say how many lunch breaks I've received out of years of nursing I've done.

    Some facilities require nurses to carry around phones and at those places I'm just happy if I don't receive a call while I'm in the bathroom. Sorry, I can't grab the chart bc I'm sort of busy....
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  6. Visit  gcupid profile page
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    Quote from gcupid
    It's embarrassing to say how many lunch breaks I've received out of years of nursing I've done.

    Some facilities require nurses to carry around phones and at those places I'm just happy if I don't receive a call while I'm in the bathroom. Sorry, I can't grab the chart bc I'm sort of busy....
    Im sure no one in nursing school would have thought you'd be Writing orders on tissue in the bathroom to later place in charts.
  7. Visit  ThePrincessBride profile page
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    It is wild to me that some people are getting up to 90 minute-long of breaks. In a twelve-hour shift, a person is only entitled to thirty minutes at both hospital I work at.
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  8. Visit  loriangel14 profile page
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    30 minutes out of 12 hours is awful.
  9. Visit  SleeepyRN profile page
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    Quote from lkulmann
    Seriously, breaks are a necessity for health reasons...like anything else, if you don't take care of the acute stress it becomes chronic. Nurse managers who schedule you on
    day/night rotations are trying to kill you, IMHO.
    I completely agree with the health reasons. Our health AND our patients'. There were a handful of times that I left the building completely (I lived right around the corner.) I stopped off at home, scarfed down oatmeal and got to see my husband for 10 minutes. When I returned to work, I felt overall happier and more alert, ready to take whatever was thrown in my way next. But as I said, I only did it a handful of times. I made sure it was a good time for the other nurses and CNAs. I wouldn't leave the premises if they were swamped at that time. We also normally took turns sending 1 person out to go to Dunkin Donuts for some good coffee. Then we sat (at night) at the nursing station for 5 minutes charting and enjoying coffee. There were many messed up things about the place I worked, but we had great teamwork.
  10. Visit  lkulmann profile page
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    Quote from gcupid

    Im sure no one in nursing school would have thought you'd be Writing orders on tissue in the bathroom to later place in charts.
    Ewwww....Its more sanitary to write directly on your scrubs
  11. Visit  lkulmann profile page
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    Quote from RNperdiem
    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.
    Real life needs for the nurse supercede the real life needs of a healthcare facilities need to abuse and mistreat the staff. That's the reality of it. I find it disturbing when someone minimalizes a very basic labor issue. Laws are in place for breaks and there is new research that validates the adverse health issues related to workplace stress. Complacency kills. Its just not OK.
    I guess my next topic will be workplace stress and bullying. That is a new'ish interesting trend too :/
    Very not nice...
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  12. Visit  leslie :-D profile page
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    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.
    this is how i feel as well, but i didn't attain that attitude overnight.
    i'd be so bogged down at work that i *couldn't* take a break.
    one time i vented to my nm about it, to which she replied "whose fault is that"?
    from that day on, i took my breaks regardless...
    AND i also stayed late finishing work/charting.
    after paying me (and others) overtime, mgmt put their foot down and ot was no longer an option.

    do you think i did as some others did...punching out and then finish their work?
    HELL no....no way, no how, not ever!!
    there was no way i was going to work on my personal time.

    i do feel that there are many that look at nurses as "martyrs" and i refused to be one of them.
    my time is just as valuable as anyone else's...
    and learned to respect myself enough to not be anyone's doormat.

    if employers want us to get our work done, i will make sure that i am getting paid accordingly.
    for me, it's the only way i could respect myself.

    leslie
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  13. Visit  DeLana_RN profile page
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    Quote from loriangel14
    30 minutes out of 12 hours is awful.
    I would love to get an entire 30 minutes in a 12 to 14 hour shift (i.e., the scheduled 12 hours plus the unintentional but unavoidable OT to complete all the charting etc.) Seriously, in more than a year I don't think I ever took 30 minutes for lunch/dinner - and on most days, nothing at all (unless you count bathroom trips or quick runs to the coffee pot and back).

    To get 30 minutes - uninterrupted - would be heaven!

    P.S. Of course, 30 minutes are deducted from our hours assuming it's our break (and if we had the nerve to request payment for the missed lunches, we would just be told that we need to improve our time management )
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