What do you do on your break at work? - page 3

I work nights. SOme of our staff nap, some eat, some play on the computer. Last fall we have the Leonid Meteor showers and a colleague and I went to the beach on our break to watch it. It was the... Read More

  1. by   TIREDmidnightRN
    I HATE carrying those stupid phones! You are required to answer on the second ring...elbow deep in dressing changes? At the bedside of a critical patient? TOUGH! They call to tell you somelone has a call light on!! Like I can't hear it binging! AND....my biggest gripe.....they expect you to be on the phone discussing private client concerns no matter where you are...confidentiality doesn't seem to figure in to the plan!
  2. by   PhantomRN
    When I worked bedside care I never got a break, Now I take them faithfully. I just go in the lunch room and stare at the wall......haha
    Last edit by PhantomRN on Jun 19, '02
  3. by   nicubabe
    Shame on the inconsiderate smokers I smoke myself ,but I never leave without checking if my coworkers need help with anything first and I limit my breaks to 2 a shift. I also make sure my coworkers get abreak by offering to care for their patients while they are away. It doesn't help an already stressful work environment to create unneeded animosity over a bad habit
  4. by   fedupnurse
    I don't begrudge anyone a break but please don't take your break when your patient is unstable. I have been running into this more and more. Patient is having chest pain, or they are titrating dopamine due to a BP in the toilet and they say "Can you take report" I say not until your patients issue is resolved. You are his nurse and he is circling the drain. I'll be happy to help you but I won't take over the care of this patient while he is unstable (especially when I have 3 unstable ones of my own and a manager sitting on her butt doing nothing in the office).
  5. by   Rottie1
    When I actually have a few minutes, if I don't think of something else that has to be done, I go pee. Some days I am amazed that I actually was able to do that during the day. Days that aren't so crazy I also grab a slimfast and maybe read the schedule for the next couple of days (surgery). Then when it is really good I might join a smoker for an extended break.
    Esther.
  6. by   LasVegasRN
    I have to chime in on the smokers - someone suggested taking a break with the smokers, we used to call it taking a non-smoking smoking break. BUT, when we did that we were LESS productive.
    My apologies to the smokers but I noticed this mostly when they would go for "quick" smoke breaks - they were never quick! Add up going for a "quick" smoke break and some of them were off the floor for a total of 50 minutes in an 8 hour shift - that's in ADDITION to the 2 ten minutes breaks and lunch! Thus, it brought about SCHEDULED BREAKS, which was actually a good thing because it made those of us who never took breaks take them and the smokers could only go during the scheduled breaks.
  7. by   B.Wilhelm
    I agree with CEN35! It seems the only one who gets a break at my facility is the smoker, who takes a break between every case.
    (I work at a surgery center) If I totalled her smoke break time for the week and got as much time I could have a three day weekend! No joke!
  8. by   REDWOMANRN
    DON'T PICK ON US SMOKERS--I REALIZE THERE ARE A FEW THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF "SMOKE-BREAKS"!!!

    NOT ME!!!!!!!GOOD LUCKE GETTING A BREAK!!!!
  9. by   micro
    I think the answer for me is that i either take up smoking (again----even though when i did i never did at work, but maybe will now)or actually take at least a 1/2 hour break to walk and listen to good music and to zone out...........
  10. by   ARIOSRN
    ON MY UNIT WE WORK ON A BUDDY SYSTEM. WE COVER OUR BUDDIES PTS. WHEN THEY ARE ON BREAK, SO WE USUALLY AT LEAST GET LUNCH. WE ARE FORTUNATE NOT TO HAVE ANY SMOKERS ON NIGHTS EXCEPT ONE ANM. AND BEING THAT WE HAVE TWO ANMS ON MOST NIGHTS THEY COVER FOR EACH OTHER. NEVER HAVE TIME FOR ANYTHING EXCEPT SHOVELING GROCERIES THOUGH.
  11. by   RNforLongTime
    I am a smoker. In lieu of being off the floor for lunch for 30 min plus a 15 min break, we night shift and evening shift staff that smoke take about 4 10 minute smoke breaks, if it's a slow night. If it's a busy night then we are lucky if we get out for one. Patient care takes priority over smoke breaks in my opinion,
  12. by   mlolsonny
    Not being a smoker, I don't get nearly as many breaks as my co-workers who smoke, but I still manage to sneak in a "sit-break" once in a while. One of my resident's has even commented to me that the only time she sees me sit is while I'm feeding someone.

    Well sometimes that someone is me! Usually I don't want to do much on my break, just sit for 5-10 minutes.
  13. by   eagleRN
    I agree IF YOU DON'T SMOKE-YOU DON'T GET A BREAK.

    Honestly, I think the smoker can get more accomplished, even though they spend less time on the floor working. In order to do this they have to not fool around, and get their work done, plan, organize and make their work "work" around that next fix.
    The rest of us, pace ourselves, are available to answer more lights or take more complaints/compliments/small talk with pt.s families, thus we appear to accomplish less with our extra time by not going on our breaks. All us NON-SMOKERS need to to take our breaks, (I admit I don't) even if it's to go into an empty pt's room and sit or go to the clean utility room and just sit and stare. I'm going to try my own advise next week at work.
    Last edit by eagleRN on Jun 15, '02

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