I generally get my lunch and about half the time i get my breaks... I work on one of the busiest floors in the hospital and most of us get our lunches...most days. I think its a mindset. there is always something more to do.....when i first started i didn't get breaks most days and rarely lunch... but now that i am effecient i'm also reasonable...that peeing and eating are a necessary thing for me. If a patient gets d/c right at 11 am that means i won't get lunch because I'm going to have to d/c them and immediately get assiged a new pt. But if they are d/c after my break i can do all the d/c foot work in the am eat a lunch and then d/c them and get my next patient.... win/win for everyone. I have found wh en i get d/c orders i 'feel' out the patient...if they really want to go home right away i try to get them out but most people i find don't want to be pushed out, they want to eat lunch, have help gettng cleaned up one last time, really review the instructions. I fit my lunch in as a priority too, i can get everything done and then not have to apologize to my patients about a growly stomach.