Do Students Get Breaks In Clinicals? - page 3

Hi, I really would like to know if nursing students are allowed to have breaks during their first Medical-Surgical Clinical. Our CI only gives us 10 min. for a break and we are in clinicals for 6... Read More

  1. by   NeosynephRN
    We get a half hour lunch...no matter how long we are on the floor...I think mostly cause our teachers want to eat!!!
  2. by   deannicholas
    Quote from texas_lvn
    We had 8 hour clinicals and were supposed to get 2 10 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch. We were also told that we needed to act like nurses and if there was not time, then do not take it. We usually at least got one 10 minute break. Uggg. Good luck.
    Act like nurses? I realize that pt care comes pretty high, but 1st should come self care. If you are a wreck, then you are no good to anyone else. When they say "act like nurses" what they are really saying is "let big business/management walk all over you" naturally you can't abandon your pts, but just like you have rules and laws that prevent you from abandoning care, they have rules and laws governing how they treat their employees.
  3. by   jennifers
    ha ha...welcome to nursing. Wait til you work 12 hour shifts and it was pee or take care of your patient. yup!
  4. by   deannicholas
    Quote from jennifers
    ha ha...welcome to nursing. Wait til you work 12 hour shifts and it was pee or take care of your patient. yup!
    Need a stronger union then
  5. by   jennifers
    no unions around here. I agree it sucks but ...ya know. I still love it.
  6. by   Natingale
    Thats the case in a LOTTTTTT of places. I dont know anywhere else you could go 10 hours without peeing.
  7. by   RB_RN_MSN
    I've gotten anywhere from no break to 1 hour--it just depends on the instructor.
  8. by   jla623
    12 hour clinical with 30min - 1hr lunch and two 15 min breaks.
  9. by   blarf
    we get about 30minutes breaks during clinicals.
  10. by   Valhalla_Pure
    We were given a 30 min lunch break, and a 15 min coffee break depending on the length of our shift.

    Its important to note that while these were the break times offered, wether you will actually get to take these breaks is another story. For my first clinical rotation when I started nursing school, I took maybe 3 breaks the whole semester. Initally the instructors didn't care if we took our breaks or not, becuase they recognized we were new and still feeling our way around the floor. However, during subsequent clinical rotations instructors would get angry if breaks were not taken. One instructor told me that taking breaks meant that you were demonstrating effective time managment skills (Her words, not mine). But I think that in the real world of nursing, there are just going to be some days, like other posters have mentioned, where breaks just don't happen. That's life!

    Like others have suggested, keep quick, ready to eat snacks handy, so that you can cram something in your mouth between rushing to prepare a med and answering the next call bell. And your bladder will hold more than you ever thought it could. :chuckle
  11. by   johnjrb
    Quote from texas_lvn
    We had 8 hour clinicals and were supposed to get 2 10 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch. We were also told that we needed to act like nurses and if there was not time, then do not take it. We usually at least got one 10 minute break. Uggg. Good luck.
    I am currently an RN and work 12 hour shifts. I make it a point to always take my lunch break. From time to time I might take my lunch break a little late but I have always taken it. As long as they do not pay for my lunch break there will always be time. When I was in school we got 30 minute breaks.
  12. by   beth66335
    We only got breaks in OB clinicals. About 20min. for a breakfast break, but if you were in L&D that day you didn't take a break...in case your pt decided to deliver while you were gone! On the other clinicals I have had we get no official break, we go to the bathroom if we are caught up w/ pt care and paperwork/charting. We have 6 hour clinicals, but that includes pre and post conference so we don't really need a break and we eat lunch at post. Personally, I wish our clinicals were longer...when I was a CNA I worked 12 hr shifts. Our clinicals feel like we are barely there to me!
  13. by   deannicholas
    Quote from beth66335
    We only got breaks in OB clinicals. About 20min. for a breakfast break, but if you were in L&D that day you didn't take a break...in case your pt decided to deliver while you were gone! On the other clinicals I have had we get no official break, we go to the bathroom if we are caught up w/ pt care and paperwork/charting. We have 6 hour clinicals, but that includes pre and post conference so we don't really need a break and we eat lunch at post. Personally, I wish our clinicals were longer...when I was a CNA I worked 12 hr shifts. Our clinicals feel like we are barely there to me!
    So if you aren't caught up with pt care and charting you just pee on yourself?

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