Do Students Get Breaks In Clinicals? - page 2

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   suznan
    I had clinicals today and I was bored out of my mind. We each have one patient and a crap load of paperwork for each one. But today my patient went home this morning at 930 so I had nothing to do all day. I spent my day bonding with the other patients all six of them. That's the one thing that sucks here is that this is a small hospital and there aren't always that many patients.

  2. by   z's playa
    We break when our buddy nurse breaks.......or we break whenever our proff says "Take off eh?" hehehehe.......(jk) NOone says "take off eh" anymore.........

    20 minutes for coffee......and 45 min for lunch.......unless our pt is really sick......which NEVER happens....


    Hey..where are all my buddies? Marie....SBE.......Fran.....Never too late...HEEEllllooooooooo buddies !
  3. by   marilynmom
    Heck yes we get a lunch/dinner break! Our first clinical day is 4 hours so no we don't really take a break. The next day we have clinicals for 8-9 hours and we get one hour for well as pre and post conference.

    Most of the RNs I have worked with so far also get a lunch/dinner break. It might only be 30 mins but they do get it.
  4. by   BSNtobe2009
    7 hours is too long to go without anything more than a snack.
  5. by   Gompers
    When I had clinicals, there were some rotations where we didn't get much time for lunch. What we'd do was bring our lunches instead - sodas, sandwiches, fruit, cereal, etc. - in insulated lunchbags with cold packs. We wouldn't bring anything that needed microwaving, so we could eat anywhere. If we only got ten minutes break, we would just grab our lunchbags and sit wherever we could - staff breakroom if there was room, otherwise family waiting rooms. It doesn't take long to eat a box lunch if you don't waste time leaving the floor.
  6. by   meme_911
    hay am meme_911 ,yes we do take 30 min in clinical thay have to give you more time 10 min is not enough
  7. by   RNin2007
    We have 12 hour clinicals...get two 15 minute breaks and a 30 minute lunch.

  8. by   bmoore1973
    the way i see it is, that is the way it is going to be when you go to work. if you work in a hospital setting and you work an 8 or a 12 hour shift, you are most likely going to be busy all the time. there are many times when you work on a hospital med/surg floor you will be glad to get 15 for the whole shift. i say, just get used to it because nursing is busy, keep moving job and the patients or the dr's or someone always needs something from you!
  9. by   mercyteapot
    IMHO, you should get a break. If this was a paid job, you'd be legally entitled to a 30 hour break during a 6 hr. shift. OTOH, you are experiencing a very real aspect of hospital nursing... the opportunity to actually take a break is rare.
  10. by   Justin_T_W
    15 minutes - 12pm - 5:30 pm clinical- break at 2:15 to 2:30
    Also get break in the beginning when turning in paperwork on patients
  11. by   atrice
    We are at the hospital for 8 hrs. and eat during postclinicals. We go about 7 hrs w/o a break....although I have been known to sneak into the nutrition room to grab a cup of ice water.
  12. by   chlori
    Hi there. To me, nursing school is almost like boot camp. We have clinicals from 4p-10 or 10:30p and get one half hour. And not to mention the thousand other criteria we must meet to stay in clinicals. After clinicals every night we have a 10 hour care plan "packet" that needs completed by 4 p.m the next day, and don't have one thing wrong on it or you will be sent home. Nursing is probably the most horrible thing to experience but the end product is a competent nurse.
  13. by   ARRR10
    Is going to the bathroom counted as using your break-time? Because I tend to go to the bathroom every 2 hrs.