NO LUNCH??? NO BREAKS??? Is that common in nursing????? - page 5

Hi everyone! This topic has been bothering me a lot lately. I would love to know your thoughts and experiences! I am a new RN working on a cardiac unit. Since I have been on this floor, I have... Read More

  1. Visit  ImAgypsy profile page
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    Metaphysically speaking, over the years, I have come to the conclusion that Nurses are people who do not know how to take care of themselves, so they live out this lack of Self-Caring by caring for others. Until they "Get It"; if they ever do. We are, collectively, quite hypocritical in what we teach and say vs. what we do and practice in our own lives. Bear with me...

    After (too) many years of Caring For Others before Caring for Myself, I have the battle scars to prove that I a prime example of this hypocrisy....

    50 pounds heavier from my "Q 24 Hour Feeding Whether I need it or not"; an overcaloried one meal a day eating frenzy; or should I call it Inhaling as chewing is seldom remembered?

    Frequent UTI's the first 5 years of Nursing from not taking Pee Breaks?

    Developing Diverticulitis, Kidney stones from not keeping well hydrated?

    Type 2 DM now from the obesitiy and "too tired to exercize" for many years?

    Smoking Cigs rationalization because "at least I get to leave the unit for 5 minutes..."?


    Ahh yes, Think about it. For me; this thing we call "Health Care" has been a spiritual journey and we all have our lessons to learn during this life.

    What about you? What are you telling/teaching others that you are not doing for yourself?
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  2. Visit  goodgrief profile page
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    Quote from CleveRN2008
    Thanks for your thoughts, guys. Yeah, I definitely believe that this is a HUGE HUGE problem since the majority of my floor has to skip lunches due to patient volume and work load. I suppose that is why unions can positively impact nursing. If we swipe a "no lunch"... we often get a reprimanding about it. If they are so worried about us not having a lunch, who don't our charge nurses and managers come and relieve staff for lunches? Instead, they sit in their offices and do not get involved in hands on care. FRUSTRATING.
    PM me and let me know where you're working so I know not to go there......just please say it's not a hospital in cleve....PLEASE!!
  3. Visit  Multicollinearity profile page
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    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I was told recently at work that if I muttered the word "union" that I would be fired on the spot.

    So, to all the union people out there that find it odd that we aren't getting our pee breaks and our lunch breaks, please remember that we don't all have the same luxuries as you do.
    Geez, it's enough to make someone move cross country to a union area just to have a humane working environment with the ability to pee and eat at normal intervals. I weigh that with moving away from my family and loved ones, the city that's been my home for 25+ years. It's a tough choice.
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  4. Visit  truern profile page
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    Those of you that belong to unions have to remember that many of us do not and don't have a choice in our state. In NC there are no unions for nurses unless many the V.A. has one?

    I know that NC is very anti-union and it just won't fly here
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  5. Visit  michelleernurse profile page
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    Quote from cardiacRN2006
    I was told recently at work that if I muttered the word "union" that I would be fired on the spot.

    So, to all the union people out there that find it odd that we aren't getting our pee breaks and our lunch breaks, please remember that we don't all have the same luxuries as you do.
    I live in the south, where your employers can fire you (legally) without having a reason. That is why we cannot form unions, take our lunch breaks, and bathroom breaks. A lot of it is feed by the MDs and administration.
  6. Visit  cardiacRN2006 profile page
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    Quote from multicollinearity
    Geez, it's enough to make someone move cross country to a union area just to have a humane working environment with the ability to pee and eat at normal intervals. I weigh that with moving away from my family and loved ones, the city that's been my home for 25+ years. It's a tough choice.
    I hear you multi...if I weren't so upside down in my home right now I'd move too. But, thanks to this market and economy-I'm stuck!
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  7. Visit  Ruby Vee profile page
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    [font="comic sans ms"]your break is your responsibility; very few hospitals or units have someone designated to follow you around and make sure you take one. i've found over the years that there is very little that cannot wait until you've had a chance to eat your lunch. (ok, i wouldn't cut out on cpr, but very little else cannot wait!) if you plan it into your day, it's more likely to happen. (failure to plan is planning to fail -- i borrowed that from weight watchers.) if you don't plan a break, it's unlikely to happen except on very slow days -- like when all the surgeons who admit to your sicu are in a medical conference. you have to order your day to allow time for it, and it helps to find yourself a break buddy early in your shift and plan when you're each going to take a break.

    i've had a few shifts with no breaks, but mostly i manage to get them in.
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  8. Visit  netglow profile page
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    Well, as this is my second career to be, I am not used to having official breaks... going to lunch has always been frowned upon... BTW in the corporate world, unless it is a vendor or management lunch meeting etc. We usually ate at our desks with one hand on the keyboard, etc. Used to working 12-13 hour days most Mon thru Fri, many times Sat.. and bring work home if you want to sleep. A lot different than the pure physicality of nursing (at least I could sit before). Those that know me, know I will drop and they will have to resusitate if I can't have my coke and snack LOL. So, tho I won't need a total sit down break, I will be eating on the run!!! And don't you even try to take that coke away from me, LOL. :beercuphe
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  9. Visit  ayla2004 profile page
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    I live and work in the UK. i belong to a union but at times don't get lunches lack of break taking is seem as poor time management on my part. however i judge the pace of the the day and try get my breaks, sometimes ill chart through breaks in the break room while eating so that i'll get caught up.
    my manager feels breaks are very important as is team work and we don't have a no break culture. oh we don't clck in s i have no way of claiming a no break back, we get time owing back.
  10. Visit  nicurn001 profile page
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    I was thinking of writing a reasoned arguement as to why you deserve breaks and how to go about getting them . But frankly it would be a waste of time , as is this thread !.
    Most of those who don't get breaks , will do NOTHING to enforce the laws regarding breaks , they will find some way to rationalise , why they can't get breaks .
    The laws defining what breaks you are entitled came about , by people who had the same level of power you have , working together , risking what they had , to pressure thier legislatures to introduce these laws .
    So to those of you who don't like being told , you deserve what you get , remember if you worked as your forebears did to get these laws , maybe you would get what you deserve !!.we are in the 3rd world if a nurse can't get get to the bathroom in a 12 hour shift !
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  11. Visit  cardiacRN2006 profile page
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    Quote from nicurn001
    I was thinking of writing a reasoned arguement as to why you deserve breaks and how to go about getting them . But frankly it would be a waste of time , as is this thread !.
    Most of those who don't get breaks , will do NOTHING to enforce the laws regarding breaks , they will find some way to rationalise , why they can't get breaks .



    Imagine this:


    Me: Boss, I know you are in the middle of lay offs, and it's near impossible for me to get another job right now that will pay my mortgage, but I just wanted to tell you that I'm just not finding the time nor adequate staff to allow myself and others a full lunch.

    Now I know you still have other people to lay off, and they aren't complaining right now, but I thought I should tell you that this is a labor law violation and that's it's happening to all of the staff.

    Boss: Thank you CardiacRN for telling me this.

    Me: pink slip.




    Rationalize all the helll I want, the CULTURE is what it is.

    Quite frankly I'm sick of all the people who don't work in this culture telling us that this is our fault.
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  12. Visit  ImAgypsy profile page
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    Dear NICURN001;

    re: ".... was thinking of writing a reasoned arguement as to why you deserve breaks and how to go about getting them . But frankly it would be a waste of time , as is this thread !.

    The laws defining what breaks you are entitled came about , by people who had the same level of power you have , working together , risking what they had , to pressure thier legislatures to introduce these laws .

    we are in the 3rd world if a nurse can't get get to the bathroom in a 12 hour shift ! "


    In principle, you are quite correct.

    But personally, I think this thread had been very helpful with offering approaches, suggestions, and solutions to those of us who have forgotten what it was like in the past when there were no labor laws and people organized to get them created. For which I am thankful.

    Unfortunately, I for one, as many here have posted, have not done "daily battle" over the years to make sure my "rights" per labor laws have been honored.

    I guess I have chosen other battles to fight; and just need to keep learning how to take care of myself better; in the simplest ways such as using the ladies room during my working hours rather than delaying until I get home where I am uninterrupted.

    I think the thread has been very useful to me, and hopefully, for the nurse who originated it.
    Gypsy.

    PS I'm not located in Cali or any other Unionized State; who works at least 50 hours a week for 40 hours Salary to maintain an income in these "too few jobs to choose from" days. And is grateful to have this job over no job at all right now.
    Last edit by ImAgypsy on Feb 22, '09 : Reason: Too add a bit more.
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  13. Visit  mc3 profile page
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    Yup, it's common. And, oh yes, you need a cast iron bladder, too!::icon_roll
    mc3
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