Do you get your breaks? - page 2

Just curious if this is a problem more often than not where you work. We are "supposed" to get a half hour lunch break and two 15 minute breaks in a 12 hour shift. I can see not getting the 15 minute... Read More

  1. by   SmilingBluEyes
    it runs about 50/50...some shifts I do, others not a minute to pee even. It can get ugly working 12 hours and realizing 10 into it, I have not even pee'd. And unhealthy. And being compensated by clocking "no lunch" does not to me, cut it. If it is happening the majority of the time, then it's time for staffing to be reconsidered. It's unhealthy to work 12 straight w/o even a break to drink a glass of water or pee. Period.
  2. by   K O'Malley
    Getting a 15 min. break is unheard of, it just doesn't happen where I work. About half the time we do get to go to dinner for 30 minutes. I have worked many a 12 hr shift with no meal break and no bathroom break.
  3. by   lovenicu
    I just started in this unit 5 months ago and was very surprised when breaks were INSISTED on. Even if you are super busy, a float nurse comes and takes over while you take your FULL break! It really amazed me, because the last unit I worked in, if you were busy, that was your problem. if you got yur break fine and if not too bad!
  4. by   OzNurse69
    In Queensland we have MANDATED breaks. It's amazing how organised management can be to come & relieve you when they know that if you haven't had your 1/2 hour break by the 6th hour, they then have to pay you overtime for the rest of your shift.
  5. by   sandgroper
    OzNurse69

    That goes for us in the west too. Here its double-time until you get your break.
  6. by   ANnot4me
    It always shocks me that hospitals take the risk of not making sure nurses get their breaks or that they are paid the OT they are due. One complaint to the labor board or a class action lawsuit and they are in deep doo doo.

    As far as the hospital that says that you are not paid for the 15 minute breaks and so they are not obligated to give them: the federal government would be surprised to hear their take on that! It is federal law. Just go and read that poster on the wall that states the minimum wage. The fine print explain explains what employees are entitled to as far as breaks are concerned.

    All I can think of is a day last week when I spent 6 hours trying to keep an agitated and confused patient in bed. I was ready to lose my sh*t. I needed to get away from that man for his sake and mine.
  7. by   sbic56
    Wow...it seems like the nurses from down under have got it right. I LIKE that solution!!!
  8. by   SmilingBluEyes
    They got a LOT of things "right" downunder that we need to glom onto. Like paid family leave for parents......and not a mere couple weeks either......WE need to GET WITH it and GET OUR PRIORITIES straight in the USA.
  9. by   sbic56
    SMB....boy do I ever agree! We are all wrapped up in delivering customer service, yet we disallow ourselves the basics in the process. This really is a self defeatist profession in that regard. I'm done on that vein though...this could snowball.
  10. by   tonchitoRN
    yes, it is time to stand up for yourself and take a break. i used to take a 30 minute lunch break and made it very clear that i was not to be disturbed during my break. don't let peer pressure dictate otherwise.
  11. by   trishrnc1985
    I WORK A 8 HOUR DAYSHIFT. WE USUALLY DONT GET OUR 15 MIN. BREAKS. BUT WE TRY TO MAKE SURE EVERYONE GETS TO EAT LUNCH. RECENTLY WE HAVE BEEN BRINGING OUR LUNCH BECAUSE OUR CAFETERIA RAISED THE PRICES AND DECREASED OUR EMPLOYEE DISCOUNT WITHOUT A HEADS UP.
  12. by   Judy, RN BSN
    When I worked in a med/surg unit we never got 15 minute breaks, even though we were supposed to. I always took my lunch break (30 minutes unpaid). Just another part of nursing that sucks!
  13. by   deespoohbear
    I have decided anymore, I am taking taking my break....screw it...unless I am involved in a code blue or some other critical situation, I intend on having my lunch break. All 30 minutes of it. Hell, management makes darn sure they get their breaks. I am entitled to the same courtesy....The other day my manager got smart with me because I was leaving the floor to take my break. I had a fresh T & A back from surgery and new admit coming. I got the first set of vitals on my post-op and went to lunch. My manager said something about me leaving, and I just snapped back "I am entitled to my break and by God I am going to take it." And went to eat.....I am going to watch out for numero uno from now on.....

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