NO LUNCH??? NO BREAKS??? Is that common in nursing????? - page 6

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  ToxicShock} profile page
    3
    Quote from Babs0512
    Been there, done this too. Several years ago while working in the ER. I had a critical patient, who had arrested, was on an Amnioderone gtt and a dopamine gtt. Anyhow, he was so unstable, each time I upped the dopamine gtt, it would last maybe 10-15 minutes and the alarms would be sounding because his BP was back in the 60-70 range. So I would have to titrate it up.

    I was given another patient, I had to go in an assess that patient, start a line, do an EKG, put her on O2, etcc... I figured if I rushed, I could be out of the room in 10 minutes. I specifically asked the nurse with the assignment next to me AND the charge nurse if they would listed for the alarms in my room whilst I was in room one with my new patient. BOTH said "sure, no problem".

    I ended up being in the room 13 minutes. I came out, the charge nurse was at the desk chatting with someone of a personal nature, the other nurse was on the other side of the ER telling a joke to some of the other nurses. My patients alarms were going off and according to the monitors, had been for 10 minutes, his blood pressure was 60/24 - I titrated the gtt, came out and gave the both of them a piece of my mind. I wrote them both up, discussed it with my nurse manager a few days later, and nothing changed.

    Our entire hospital has this mentality. It's really discusting. When I was aske to cover for someone, I always rounded on the onther nurses patients and wrote a quick note so she would know I checked on them. I tried to set a good example. Didn't rub off though.

    Blessings
    Are you trying to find a job elsewhere? If not, I suggest you do. Not allowing you to take a 5 minute break to poop is wrong on so many levels, especially since you were cramping and not feeling well. Had you been a diabetic, would they have given you 5 minutes to check your sugar and/or administer insulin?

    This part about the monitors going off for 10 minutes while the other nurses stood around and did nothing shows me a very dangerous, unprofessional, and scary place to work - for employees and patients. That the manager didn't do anything about it is even scarier. With irresponsible nurses like that, it isn't any wonder why nurses are so frequently blamed for things that go wrong at the hospital.
    jrwest, Mollypita, and Babs0512 like this.
  2. Get the hottest topics every week!

    Subscribe to our free Nursing Insights newsletter.

  3. Visit  Babs0512} profile page
    0
    Unfortunately, the hospital I work at is the only one around. The next nearest hospitals are 1 hour to 1.5 hours away. I live in an area of NY that gets a lot of snow, we basically have winter weather approx 8 months out of the year. I hate driving in bad weather, and traveling a minimum of two hours a day doesn't float my boat either. I am approximately a 5 minute drive to work - I can't see changing hospitals, this is too convenient. It is also the reason that the hospital gets away with what they get away with. The majority of nurses are "mature" and have been here for years. They don't want to travel either. We are sort of "stuck" here. I'm always looking for other positions, like home health or other types of positions, but again, people just don't leave their jobs here in such a rural area. Not many available jobs in ANY industry.

    No where to turn! I'll always keep looking.

    Blessings
  4. Visit  nicurn001} profile page
    6
    Cardiacrn2006 I was not telling you what you should or should not do .I was simply drawing the obvious conclusion .Which is that if nurses are not prepared to take the risk of their predecessors , Nothing is going to change .

    Each of us has to do what is in our best interest . But what is the point of complaining about something , that you feel powerless to change and about which you are going to do nothing . The laws are there , the regulatory authority is there , you do not have to confront your manager , you can contact the enforcement agency , in some cases this is possible without identifying yourself .

    I entered into this thread after reading the posting , where the nurse described not being able to have a pschitt , because the manager ,at the very least , would not get of her duff ,to relieve a nurse ,who had unusually asked for relief ( the request being so unusual , the manager should have realised the circumstances were unusual ), then assisted the nurse . To me that posting was shocking .

    "Quite frankly I'm sick of all the people who don't work in this culture telling us that this is our fault." Then whose fault is it ?. How did those nurses change their culture , they did something about it . So It could equally be said " I'm sick of people who work in these cultures moaning about their situation , then expecting us to view them as Martyrs for doing so" .This would have as much validity as your statement .

    I'm sorry if my posts in this thread are viewed as provocative , but change does not happen spontaneously , but occurs when somebody initiates change . As I tried to say at the begining of this post , I haven't the temerity to TELL you what TO DO , I meant simply to point out what you CAN do .
    annmariern, GadgetRN71, GomerPyle, and 3 others like this.
  5. Visit  ToxicShock} profile page
    0
    Quote from Babs0512
    Unfortunately, the hospital I work at is the only one around. The next nearest hospitals are 1 hour to 1.5 hours away. I live in an area of NY that gets a lot of snow, we basically have winter weather approx 8 months out of the year. I hate driving in bad weather, and traveling a minimum of two hours a day doesn't float my boat either. I am approximately a 5 minute drive to work - I can't see changing hospitals, this is too convenient. It is also the reason that the hospital gets away with what they get away with. The majority of nurses are "mature" and have been here for years. They don't want to travel either. We are sort of "stuck" here. I'm always looking for other positions, like home health or other types of positions, but again, people just don't leave their jobs here in such a rural area. Not many available jobs in ANY industry.

    No where to turn! I'll always keep looking.

    Blessings
    I can respect that. I wish you the best of luck - everything always works out in the end
  6. Visit  VU RN BSN} profile page
    16
    Ya know, I really wish I had known or realised all this when I was a senior in high school, making the decision to apply to 4 year nursing programs so that I could major in nursing.

    I wish somebody, anybody, could have been honest with me, when I was 18 years old and making the decision to become a nurse. If I had known that as a Registered Nurse I would never be able to take a lunch break and rarely get the chance to use the bathroom during a shift, I would NEVER have become a nurse.

    I think this entire thread should be read by all nursing students and should be read by people thinking about going to nursing school. Nursing students need to know the reality of how horribly nurses are mistreated.

    All I ever heard when I was starting nursing school in 2000 was "nursing is the best job security", "nursing is recession proof", "nurses never have a hard time finding a job", etc etc. All lies. Nobody ever told me the reality that I would have to learn how to work for 12.5 hours on an empty stomach without any lunch break. Nobody ever told me that I'd have to learn how to hold it in for 12 hours, have to learn how to ignore my bowel and bladder, since bathroom breaks are a luxury in nursing.

    If I had read this thread and read these responses years ago when I was deciding on majoring in nursing, I NEVER would have gone into nursing. I wish I could have read all this, I could have avoided all the unhappiness I've experienced since working as an RN.

    Nursing students need to read all these responses, they have to know how horrible nursing is, how poorly nurses are treated, and they need to know that getting a nursing job is not easy and nursing is NOT recession proof!
    elizabethgrad09, traveler85, jrwest, and 13 others like this.
  7. Visit  cardiacRN2006} profile page
    7
    Quote from nicurn001
    Cardiacrn2006 I was not telling you what you should or should not do .I was simply drawing the obvious conclusion .Which is that if nurses are not prepared to take the risk of their predecessors , Nothing is going to change.

    You are unionized.

    I am not.


    Did you read my thread earlier where I said I would be fired on the spot if I mentioned the word "union"
    Did you read my thread earlier where I said we were laying people off?

    Do you have a mortgage? I do. And my house is worth waaaay less than what I paid for it. I could NOT sell it right now.

    I like making my mortgage. I like being able to pay my bills.

    Unemployement is not really what I want right now. Yeah, I'm really not looking for that kind of 'change' . No thanks...
    Aurora77, Hoozdo, Valerie Salva, and 4 others like this.
  8. Visit  LilyBlue} profile page
    8
    I wish somebody, anybody, could have been honest with me, when I was 18 years old and making the decision to become a nurse.
    You know what's sad? People DID tell me. Including my own grandmother, a retired VAMC nurse. I listened politely and thought, "Well, these people were surely in it for the wrong reasons! How can anyone be unhappy when they are truly helping sick people?" I decided that my moral character was higher than theirs and I would have a different experience.

    Young and dumb, friends. Young and dumb.
    fungez, learninmama, jrwest, and 5 others like this.
  9. Visit  Otessa} profile page
    1
    Yes, It is common. I have been an RN for more than 17 years.

    otessa
    rabbitgirrl likes this.
  10. Visit  nicurn001} profile page
    1
    Quote from cardiacrn2006
    you are unionized.
    yes guilty as charged , but we had to fight for it , going through 2 elections , to get it.

    i am not.obviously


    did you read my thread earlier where i said i would be fired on the spot if i mentioned the word "union"
    did you read my thread earlier where i said we were laying people off? i have read this whole thread , including all your posts

    do you have a mortgage? i do. and my house is worth waaaay less than what i paid for it. i could not sell it right now. i'm in the same boat

    i like making my mortgage. i like being able to pay my bills.

    unemployement is not really what i want right now. yeah, i'm really not looking for that kind of 'change' . no thanks...
    in these postings , we are both advocating our position , the op wanted to see if the lack of breaks is a common practice , i think it is well established in the thread that it is indeed a common practice . so then the question comes up should we accept this .

    where we differ is that you do not wish to risk anything to gain that which in common decency every nurse is entitled to , the ability to go to the restroom without fear it could cost her , her livelihood . i was involved in the organization drive at our hospital , whilst it was possible any of us could have lost our jobs , the benefits of sucess , have far outweighed the stress of that time .

    have you read the whole thread , as i said in post 67 " i haven't the temerity to tell you what to do , i meant simply to point out what you can do ."
    annmariern likes this.
  11. Visit  EJSRN} profile page
    0
    please see below
    Last edit by EJSRN on Feb 23, '09 : Reason: sent before finished accidently
  12. Visit  EJSRN} profile page
    3
    I think that is ridiculous. It definately happens but shouldn't everyday. I definately have days that I cannot even go the the BR. It's terrible. And usually if I swipe missed meal it doesn't even show up in my paycheck. I just love it when some ppl (mostly smokers, no offense) who work 8 hrs compared to my 12, take a half hour brkfst, half hour lunch and then a 2pm cig. break. I work from 11a-11p and sometimes I dont get a break at all until about 9pm when my pts are settling down and meds are mostly finished I can run down to get a soda. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE. Really really irritates me.
    VU RN BSN, rabbitgirrl, and nicurn001 like this.
  13. Visit  dorimar} profile page
    3
    Quote from ToxicShock
    This part about the monitors going off for 10 minutes while the other nurses stood around and did nothing shows me a very dangerous, unprofessional, and scary place to work - for employees and patients. That the manager didn't do anything about it is even scarier. With irresponsible nurses like that, it isn't any wonder why nurses are so frequently blamed for things that go wrong at the hospital.
    I'm finding this sort of thing is becoming pretty common apparantly in a lot of different places....
  14. Visit  Scrubby} profile page
    7
    If I worked in an area where I was not allowed breaks, I would just grab my lunch and go around eating it while at the nurses station doing paperwork, drawing up meds etc. If any fellow staff complain I'd ask then if they would care to relieve me for lunch. If not, then I'm going to eat my lunch and look after my basic human needs so I can give SAFE patient care.

    Also another strategy is to go and do some research and print off some research papers on the impact of not getting meal breaks on giving safe patient care. Leave it on your managers desk, send it to the CEO of the hospital, other staff members. Bring it during staff meetings. Discuss with your fellow nurses how you can work together to relieve each other during breaks.

    And always claim an unpaid meal break. I didn't go through 3 years of nursing school have to do 18 weeks of fulltime unpaid work and a $ 12,000 higher education debt to work for free.


Nursing Jobs in every specialty and state. Visit today and Create Job Alerts, Manage Your Resume, and Apply for Jobs.

Top