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Unpaid breaks comparison

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Hi all, I'm looking to get some perspective on nursing lunch breaks...

In my current health board a full time staff nurse works 3x12.5 hour shifts per week - are paid for the full 12.5 hours but are required to owe the ward .5 hours each day (repayment for the break you were paid for), so you work an additional 1x 6 hour shift each month in repayment.

In my proposed new health board the same role and working hours requires you to work back 1 hour each day, and so you work an additional 1x 12.5 hour shift each month in repayment. 

We typically call this "time owing" and it appears to be common practice in most of Wales.

 

I'm interested to hear what arrangements other workplaces have in place for paid/unpaid breaks. Is this universal or do we have a strange system going on here?

Any opinions appreciated! 🙂

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GrumpyRN has 38 years experience as a NP and specializes in Emergency Department.

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Where I worked we did 12 hour shifts, 12.5 hours but were paid for 11.5 hours. The missing hour was 2 x 30 minute meal breaks which were unpaid.

We did 3 weeks of 3 and 1 week of 4 in a 4 week period. This left us 30 minutes short every 4 weeks but this would be rostered as working an extra 15 minutes twice a month. Very rarely did anyone ever actually work the extra 15 minutes.

Sounds like this is similar to the new system you are asking about. I personally loved this shift pattern.

PS, you may want to change your user name as it is never a good idea to have real names on internet forums. 😀

PPS welcome to Allnurses.

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Hey thanks for the reply. It sounds pretty universal then, I don't mind the new pattern as there are lots of benefits to working on the new trust especially since it's much closer to home for me 🙂

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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We work 12.5 hours with 1 hour unpaid so it works out as a 11.5 hour shift.  We then work a make up shift once a month 

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