What do you do on your break at work?

  1. 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 coolest thing I have ever seen in my life! Do any of you do interesting or unusual stuff during your break at work????
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  2. 91 Comments

  3. by   Paprikat
    Sorry, nothing fun. Just smoke and slam back coffee........
  4. by   susanmary
    Break? What's that?
  5. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    Oh wait! I think I've heard of it! I heard some people even get to pee on this ... break thing.

    Heather
  6. by   nursedawn67
    When I take a break i go sit and read a good book.
  7. by   l.rae
    wait......let me get my dictionary, forget what that is
  8. by   canoehead
    I tend to drink. Whaddaya call em, the beer with the shots dropped inside them. Depth Charges- they are really helpful with therapeutic communication.

    How does that make you feel?? :
  9. by   TIREDmidnightRN
    The 12 hour midnight shift at my pesent (19 months) assignment gets to go home at 7AM instead of 7:30 AM, so we are not allowed a break(days gets 1 half hour lunch and three 15 minute breaks, and somehow this is supposed to add up here.....) there are usually only 2 RN's on my floor, so leaving the floor is never an option anyway!
    Now, on other assignemtns I have gone to the empty canteen to read......at one HUGE hospital they had a "sleep room" set up!(Never used it....afraid I might talk in my sleep or something!)
  10. by   nightingale
    I feel it is an exceptionally good day when I get a break. When I do get a break I veg., read, walk around the building... get away from the work area!
  11. by   boobaby42
    hello all! i usually don't take a break except for lunch. if i have a free minute, i usually read over the policies or get on the cdc website to read the updated vaccine shortage article. i like to review the protocol manual because everyday, i think about changes that should be made. i like to read! : )
  12. by   Fgr8Out
    Originally posted by TIREDmidnightRN
    The 12 hour midnight shift at my pesent (19 months) assignment gets to go home at 7AM instead of 7:30 AM, so we are not allowed a break(days gets 1 half hour lunch and three 15 minute breaks, and somehow this is supposed to add up here.....) there are usually only 2 RN's on my floor, so leaving the floor is never an option anyway!
    Now, on other assignemtns I have gone to the empty canteen to read......at one HUGE hospital they had a "sleep room" set up!(Never used it....afraid I might talk in my sleep or something!)
    Ummm...not to argue but, there are laws that require employees get a break... no matter the shift or hours worked. I can't quote it because... well... I don't KNOW it. But breaks ARE required.

    Can't leave the floor? You can still break. Just find a place semi-away from the main hub-bub of the work and take a few minutes to let your mind rest. Then, offer the same break for the other RN you work with.

    I'm among the many who cheat myself out of my well-deserved break, but, I do try to take a few moments as I described up above. Gotta give the ole brain time to rest and recharge, yanno?
  13. by   caroladybelle
    A break - nurses get breaks???
    If it is quiet - doubtful - I read trashy 'Bridget-Jones' type novels. If it is slow - doesn't happen - and there is an empty room, 'Law & Order' at 0300 - when are they going to get new episodes. If all h*** has broken loose and the order finally restored!!!!! I run up and down the stairs to de-stress (I am waiting for security to have me committed). Since I am usually in Charge, I can rarily go very far.
  14. by   Catie
    Paprikat,

    That's what I do smoke a cigarette, only I slam Mountain Dew,
    great stress reliever for about 10 min.

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