Skipping Meals May ContributeTo Nurse Burnout - page 3

skipping meals may contribute to nurse burnout a new study indicates that nurses are regularly sacrificing their breaks and meal periods to provide patient care. the researchers found that nurses... Read More

  1. by   butterflynurse
    I am a smoker and the reason some of us smokers go out more than one time is that its takes at least two times going outside to finish one cigarette:chuckle . We always get called back in for a phone call or a family member wants to talk to us, etc.

    As far as lunch breaks go, it's sad that when we actually take one we feel stressed out and rushed to finish all of our work. The days I don't take one I almost finish on time.
  2. by   Alicia18
    During an 8-hour shift, eating is generally out of the question for me; I usually take Mountain Dew breaks -- It's quicker to drink something and hurry to answer a call bell, plus, you don't have your mouth full! :chuckle I usually try to eat a big meal before work, and sometimes even during a 12 try to get away without taking a real meal break. I have to watch myself, though, because when I'm really hungry I can get dizzy and faint. When I started seeing spots one time during clinicals, I decided I would watch my body a lot closer!
  3. by   Sylv
    Quote from frodo
    I would love to have a meal, lucky to go to the bathroom. the nurse to patient ratio sucks lately. we need to hire some more nurses, but they just seem to keep working us to death.
    Isn't that the truth!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  4. by   Sylv
    Quote from frodo
    I would love to have a meal, lucky to go to the bathroom. the nurse to patient ratio sucks lately. we need to hire some more nurses, but they just seem to keep working us to death.
    This seems to be the case everywhere, why do we all keep putting up with it?
    What can we do about it?
  5. by   jenruth
    They had to conduct a "study" to reach that earth shattering conclusion?
  6. by   Jessy_RN
    Quote from Sis123
    Isn't it ironic how patients' health is of top priority, but the caregivers' health is not even considered. I was surprised that the lack of bathroom breaks was not mentioned, but I wonder if that was considered as a "break".

    I guess nurses are supposed to be super-human.
    Hmmm irony

    You are right on the dot
  7. by   Alicia18
    Yup; it's in the fine print of the job description -- right under "works long hours" and "deals with a ton of stress"! :chuckle
  8. by   VivaLasViejas
    I've always thought that if I could just stick in a Foley and a feeding tube, I'd be the perfect nurse.........no potty breaks, no need to stop for meals, no grabbing a slurp of water in between patient care tasks, no personal needs whatsoever. :stone

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