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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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    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.
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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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    30 minutes out of 12 hours is awful.
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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.
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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
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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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    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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    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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    Quote from lkulmann
    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...
    If you write about stress and bullying, I'll look forward to reading it. Its a real problem in some places. It's definitely not new though. I did a lot of research on the topic and wrote a paper on horizontal violence in school. I know I've brought it up a lot in posts, but at my first nursing job, I experienced it. I eventually quit, but I did let my DON know what was happening before I left. She backed me up by saying that what was happening was unacceptable and she would talk to 2 of the people. She told me I should have and had the authority to send them home when the first incident occurred. I've heard that they have since been fired.


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