I work on a very busy vent/trach unit with parayzed patients. There are about 4 nurses, 2 or 3 CNAs and 30 patients. I have nothing wrong with people taking cigarette breaks but we have this one nurse that takes about 4 or 5 cigarette breaks in a 12 hour shift. Each cig break she is gone off the floor about 45 mins and still has the nerve to take a 45 min lunch break. We are allowed two 15 minute break and one 30 minute lunch break. I barley get those two breaks and I dont think its fair that I have to look after that nurses patients when she is gone on one of her breaks. If I dont answer her call lights then the patient is not being attened to. The other nurses notice her behavior also. The charge nurse is aware of the situation and is always asking where that nurse is. So i tell the charge nurse that she is off the floor on her break. The charge nurse and this nurse are friends. So the charge Nurse always tells me to go see what her patient is ringing for. When I tell her no then they say that im not being a team player. Im busy taking care of my own patients and i get behind on my work when i have to pick up somebody elses slack. Im just really annoyed and just wanted to VENT!