Quote from Michigangirl
I am wondering how other units handle their lunch breaks.
I work nights, and we have extremely flexible breaks during the work shift. Most of us don't really leave the floor, just get our food and eat in the conference room. We usually have enough down time in the wee hours of the morning to equal at least an hour break (if not more)
Some nurses do leave the floor, and they do it when they have caught up and only ask us to cover call lights. The other nurses are perfectly fine with that. Even though I don't choose to leave the floor, I am perfectly fine with those who do.
Anyway, this new nurse just gets off orientation and is getting really upset with the rest of us because "she's not allowed to get her break." She is having trouble with time management and still can barely get all of her stuff done that is required. We are more than happy to help her get her work done, but no one is willing to do her work for her while she goes off for an hour. For example, she will ask if I can cover her, then proceed to tell me that room 1 will need his pain medication in 15 minutes, room 2 still needs a dressing change, blah, blah, blah... I would never assume to go on break when there is still a lot of stuff to do with my own patients, especially in the middle of the night when these things should have already been done. We are trying to help her with her time management, but she will not listen to suggestions as she already knows everything there is to know about nursing!
Last night about 2 hours into her shift she asked me if she could take her break and wanted to give me report on her 5 patients. I told her I was too busy with my own 5 patients at that time and couldn't handle hers as well. She thinks I'm mean. I think if she is the only nurse on the unit that is having this problem, maybe it is a problem with her.
What do you think?
You were right to tell her what you did. Granted, she's a new nurse but that's nothing to do with her attitude.
It's an issue of work ethic. She has none AND she's inconsiderate.
You don't pass the keys/hand off the halls and leave the other nurse with a butt-load of tasks to do. That's not 'teamwork'.
What's wrong with her?
I'm a newb. I would've told her to go on break AFTER she finished her wound care and given her
pt his pain pill...and 'why'.
Anyway, everyone's busy. I don't want to over-burden my coworkers. I'd never leave and expect someone to finish my tasks.
Of course, that's me and the one thing I've got going for me stamina...and this job is testing my limits. I can run for hours...literally. I understand that others differ but you're saying that she requested a break after 2 hrs?
Why does she break so often? Does she smoke?
Ordinarily, I wouldn't care but ordinarily people who constantly break don't leave others with work or expect them to pick up their slack.
Why can't she get her things done? Are unscheduled interruptions screwing her up?
I hate that. When I work a standard 8hr shift? I'm perfectly fine so long as everything stays 'on schedule'. LOL
...and it NEVER does. There's going to be an re/admit at the last minute. Someone's bound to fall. Someone's going to need to be transported via EMS. Someone's going to try to escape. Someone's going to come to me at the last minute and say, "Oh, did you know we're doing the skin assessments with the look-backs?"
"Yeah, they changed it."
AGAIN? They've 'changed it' 4 times in 5 months!
No matter which hall I pick.
I picked an easy
hall on monday. The male hall. I like the male hall b/c, while I love my ladies, they're all needy and crazed. Men are easy. They just poop, watch sports and sleep. You don't have to beg them to eat or fight them to take their meds.
They request their meds. When they have bowel issues? They tell you:
"Ma'am - I can't s...t!"
Within 15 minutes, someone had fallen from their wc. 2 hours later? Another one bit the dust. The meals were late....
I normally work 16 hrs shifts. When I work a standard 8? I'm accustomed to working right through what should be my break. Something unplanned is always happening.