As has been said earlier in the thread , labor law states you are entitled to a 30 minute unpaid break , with NO responsibility for your patients ( no pager , no interuptions re. stuff to do with your patients), if your break does not mean you are relieved of patient responsibility , legally you have not had a break .
As to clocking in and out , the employer is requiring this so that they can document your breaks , to forestall a possible law suit re . non payment for worked meal times .
NB. IF YOU ARE CLOCKED OFF DO NOT , REPEAT DO NOT WORK , YOU ARE OFF THE CLOCK WHICH MEANS YOU ARE NOT COVERED BY THE HOSPITAL LIABILITY INSURANCE
, NOR WORKERS COMPENSATION , SO IF YOU OR YOUR PATIENT IS INJURED DURING YOUR WORKING BREAK YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN .