Survey - allnurses.com : Do you report overtime for missed breaks or late charting? - page 4

Here are the results of last months survey question Do you report overtime for missed breaks or late charting? : Please feel free to read and post any comments that you have right here in... Read More

  1. by   schrandt
    I didn't use to claim overtime, but I got sick & tired of waiting for one particular nurse to get to the floor. We have 7 minutes leeway before & after the shift end to clock in & she always pushed the policy to the limit. Fortunately, I was the one who redid our policy manual 2 years ago, and we changed the wording, so she can lo longer fall back on the policy.

    I do not claim overtime if we stand around and discuss issues not related to our work, but if we run late due to a heavy patient load/acuity/running ER, you bet I do. Like many of you have stated, it hardly seems worthwhile to claim 15 or 20 minutes, but it does add up. So far administration hasn't yelped about it, but none of us abuse it either. We also detail our reasons and have our co-worker initial the sheet as well.
  2. by   patadney
    Of course,i claim all missed lunches as we clock in and out and 30 min is automatically deducted for lunch breaks.
    We hjave to fill out a form .but everyone knows why-we are running a census way,way over budget,the superviser has to sign,but there's no problem with that. I do not worry about 15 min breaks,figuring I should be able to work them in. It is illegal to be working in the hospital and not be on the clock-we used to come in an hour early to draw meds and punch in at the reg time in order to get the work done. The hospital lawyer put a stop to that. I think it has something to do with workmen's comp.
  3. by   Scavenger'sWife
    Of course I do. Not for breaks (What is that anyway??) but I do for lunch. Otherwise, I would not get the pay as our hospital also automatically deducts 30 min. I am on a committee that I do chart reviews to gather data for , and I also charge for that time. No one has ever said anything to me yet for any of the time I charge out. We are very understaffed and I think they know the staff would rebel if we didn't get the pay we should get when days are too hectic to even eat. Sometimes supervision even gets lunches brought up to the floor for everyone, free of charge and we get paid for lunchtime then too.
  4. by   rebelwaclause
    It's frowned upon...But YEP...Without a doubt!
  5. by   pabamick
    State Law in California says if you miss your 1/2 lunch break or both of your small breaks (morning and afternoon), besides paying you 1 1/2 times for lunch, the employer must pay 1 hour of straight time penalty pay for lunch and 1 hour for both breaks combind. After giving up my lunch 1/2hr. for about 10 years in the ICU-CCU I work in, the majority of the nurses finally said " If you don't find someone to come releave of us of all our duties for 1/2 hr we are charging you for the 1/2hr. and the penalty pay. In ICU in California this means 1:2 staffing at all times, even during lunch time. That means I don't watch someone elses pts. while another nurse goes to lunch. Someone with no pt. assissgnment must come up and releave you. I would say we get lunch off the floor away from our pts. about 90% of the time now. It took one month of missed breaks and lunches totally about $10,000 for coverage from the charge nurse or swat nurse to happen.
  6. by   -jt
    <The Department of Labor only requires one 30-minute break AFTER six hours of work. The 10-15 minute breaks are not included,>

    so a 30 minute lunch break is still not a courtesy - its required by law & if you do not get it, the hospital is required to pay you for it. Tenet is being now sued by thousands of RNs for not doing so.
  7. by   frankie
    i always count every hour, minute, etc...that i work. i do not understand working for free.
  8. by   crazygirl
    same here we get 30 minute lunch deducted automatically...sucks huh? we can get that exempted if we have the manager sign... but usually dont worry about it
  9. by   Nighshft
    Most of the nurses on my unit don't do anything but complain when we miss our breaks. The Director of nursing has announced that all nurses are entitled to breaks and if we don't get them it's because WE aren't organized in getting our work done ( yea - right- I don't see her down in the trenches helping us....)
    I always write it across my timesheet, ut we don't get paid for it. I do , however like to draw their attention to it - I wish all the nurses would - then maybe something would happen.
  10. by   NurseRachet
    At our hospital, nurses that do not get a meal, clock out "no-meal" and get paid for it. They are entitled to 30 minutes, and if they did not get any breaks, (entitled to 2 15-minute breaks in 8 or 10 or 12 hour shifts), they can take that with their lunch break for a 45 minute lunch (if time allows, otherwise, they get 30-minutes).

    Our hospital put out a memorandum stating, "When staff are on their lunch break, they are not to be bothered or asked to return to their station unless it is an emergency". We love it!
  11. by   KRVRN
    I hung the wrong IV fluid about an hour before my shift was over. It was noticed during report, of course. I had to stay over 30 minutes to write myself up and heck yeah that went on my time card as DT!
  12. by   abrenrn
    It's nice to see so many nurses who do take their lunches and breaks and insist on overtime when they don't.
    I have lost a lot of money on unpaid missed lunches, unpaid overtime in the course of my career. It was the usual, "it's your fault if you don't get it done on time." Working in Florida where nurses are hourly, if we did not clock out on time, we were counseled (I just love that term). So, everyone would be sure to get to the clock at the right time - or one of us would punch us all out, while we stayed to finish our charting, report, etc.
    Fortunately, many hospitals are beginning to realize that this is breaking the law. One insisted you clock out when you leave and always put in for missed lunch. While this was in part due to concern for nurses, I think it was a smart legal team that insisted on it.
    Now that I know these things, I expect to be compensated. Nor will I work somewhere that does not agree with that. Could be why I am not working right now.
  13. by   kaycee
    We don't get the 2 15min breaks you all keep talking about. We try to take small ones if we get a chance but that's rare. If I don't get my lunch I fill out a paper and get paid for it.

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