I absolutely HATE this at my workplace! I have been here for 9 months, I came from another hospital where it was not done, and my 2nd prn job it doesn't happen either. Once I started night shift here, I was shocked to find out that just about everyone goes on "break", where they will go to the locker room with blankets and pillows and SLEEP! like for 2-3 hours! It is freaking unbelievable to me that people think that this is ok.
Each nurse will find their partner for the night, and they agree to cover each other for "break". Everyone knows by this point NOT to ask me to cover them. I'm sorry but I provide good thorough care for my patients and I don't wish to be responsible for 6 patients in addition to my 6 for a few hours. Some of our patients are high acuity and my license is on the line!
Now, I am not in any way judging people who do this at work, but for myself personally i think it is wrong. Everyone who does it on my floor has the same excuse, "oh i don't get enough sleep during the day"...Believe me, I completely understand: I have a full-time job, a part-time job, and I am a full-time RN-BSN student.. I just keep busy and stay awake, it is my job and i chose to work night shift. I just don't get it. Thanks for letting me rant lol.