Right now I'm working as a patient sitter and we have 4 or 8 hour shifts, I work the 3-11 shift and all other staff works 12's. The problem being that the middle of my shift is 7p. I understand that is a problem, so when the night nurse comes through I try to plan a dinner break starting somewhere between 8 and 8:30p. Lately this has become an issue and I get told we just don't have time or how about 10:30...really?
We used to have 12 hour shifts we could sign up for but no one did, sitting in a room with someone for that long is horrific.
As patient sitters we have problems even getting a restroom break let alone a 30 min dinner break. It's like we are an after thought as far as the rest of the staff are concerned. I've been doing this for over a year and 1/2 and I've yet to get the legal required breaks ever.
My question is: What's the answer? It seems to me that staffing should adjust their resources accordingly. In stead of just complaining about it I'd like to offer suggestions, but I'm not on the other side of the fence so I'd love to hear some suggestions.
Does the floor have CNAs? Where I work, us CNAs will have to relieve the 1:1 while they have a break. Normally, it is not too bad, whilst I am in there I will check the vital signs if they are near due, check for incontinence and change, tidy the room, by the time that is done the 1:1 is normally back or almost due back and I don't have to go into that room again for a while so it saves me time in the long run.
Last edit by JDZ344 on May 14, '14