Reading another thread got me thinking about this...I always get to work at least a half hour before my shift starts. Do I want to or like to work for free? Hell no! But I really don't know how else I would ever get out on the floor in time to get everything done. If I start at 0730, I've got glucs to do before breakfast, probably at least a few 0800 meds to give, etc. never mind getting vitals on 5 pts, doing assessments on all, washes as needed, putting out any fires that spark, etc.How do you adequately prep for your shift if you get there at the beginning of shift and not early? Reading kardexes & shift summaries, checking meds on MARS vs charts, etc takes me minimum half an hour for 5 pts. Usually quite a bit longer if the pt has a thick chart that takes forever to get through (which is many of the pts). There is no way if I spent a half hour-45 mins prepping after start of shift that I would ever get all my stuff done on time and get out for breaks. I hate going in early, in practice and in principle, but just in order to meet expectations and also to avoid the stress of constantly being behind and trying to play catch-up, I do it. If there is some other way, I'd love to hear it. The only nurses I've noticed who don't come in early really don't seem to be double-checking their med orders vs MARS, which is a policy at our hospital q shift. That's the biggest time eater, really.