What do you do on your break at work? - page 4

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   h2ogoddess
    I am a smoker,BUT I only take my allotted breaktimes. I think that if the RN'S didn't take breaks together(were I work a least),
    they could releve each other and get their breaks. But they always go at the sametimes and then complain because they didn't get a break. I know the way to get my coffee and smoke, I don't need someone to lead the way.
  2. by   mattsmom81
    Gotta admit I never did get many breaks. Towards the end before I had to quit due to health, I had to walk away occasionally from the stress at the desk...it was getting to me.

    But generally, there was so much for me to do, and I wanted SO BADLY to get out of the place as fast as possible, I worked through breaks and lunch.

    When I worked in ICU unless I was working with a nurse I trusted and who also had my same level of experience, I didn't get breaks because I usually had fresh postop hearts or other critical patients. I just didn't dare leave (plus I was resource to everyone else so.... )

    And I don't smoke so there seemed to be no real driving force for me to leave the unit most nights.
  3. by   jayna
    When take day shift. I don't take breaks.

    At night, I visited other wards and chat with the nurses or make jokes.
  4. by   patricia rn2b
    Break? on ortho there are NO breaks...ever
  5. by   FiFi
    I mangia
  6. by   shay
    What is this 'break' thing you speak of??? Just kidding......at my new hospital (God love it), my nm actually tries to see to it that we all get breaks. I eat and watch the news or read. Yeah, I'm a nerd.
  7. by   alwaysthere
    break? ? ? when i do get a few mins when im not running from point a to point b , i inhale a sandwich or some of the snack food ive brought.
  8. by   VA_CCRC
    break???? take me to your leader.....
  9. by   Lisamrod
    I eat... and if I don't get to sit down for 10 minutes during my 12 hr shift, then I hide my food and take a bite each time I walk by. I take the liberty of peeing at least once a day- no matter HOW busy I am! LOL!
  10. by   Butternut
    On our lunch break we go down to cafeteria, get meal, bring it back up to the unit and eat it in the break/report room. We stay on the unit to be available. There are no other breaks and we work 12 hour shifts.
  11. by   knowlegzseekr
    Originally posted by konnihall
    Since I don't smoke, I don't get a break.

    I mean, if half the nurses are outside smoking, and I leave the floor, too, who would watch the monitors and take care of the patients? Because as soon as things slow down, those smokers are heading out the door for their "breathing treatment."

    My mom was a nurse, too, (semi-retired now) and she NEVER smoked at work. And she was about a half a pack a day smoker at her peak, yet she could manage to make it through a day (or night) without lighting up.

    Come to think of it, she didn't smoke in her car either, so she didn't get the fix right before she walked in or right after she walked out (which would be just fine with me in regards to my co-workers).

    If I step out of the unit to walk to the dumbwaiter for meds, inevitably one of the smokers will complain that they had to reset one of my pumps, or suction my patient, or something else while I was gone. Yet us non-smokers are supposed to cover the smokers' patients WITHOUT complaining the 3, 4, 5 or more times they take a smoke break! Who, with the exception of one, take at least 15 min. to smoke a cigarette (we do have one speed smoker in the unit).

    If I offended any smokers, sorry. But I need to vent about something that really chaps my @$$.

    LOL!:roll :chuckle :roll You took the words right outta my mouth!
  12. by   GPatty
    I usually don't get a break either because I don't smoke. But when I do, I just go outside with a cold Mountain Dew and sit for a few minutes.
  13. by   adrienurse
    When I work days, I usually eat or else drink coffee. I like to read a book or magazine. I like to just take the time to zone out and be in my own little world. Problem is there is no break room, only the cafeteria, and your in there with residents and their noisy families as well as the suits that are on their breaks, so you never can really get away. It's a really noisy cafeteria, but there is no other choice, we can't leave the building.

    On nights, I never sleep. I eat, get a newspaper and sit somewhere quiet OFF the unit.

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