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How much time do you in the nursing filed .
Do you take breaks

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Ahmad’s Answer

Hello,

Great Questions. Nursing is a very versatile field there are a lot of options for flexibility when it comes to working. Usually, breaks are protected by law. Typically a 9 am-5 pm nurse would work 5 days a week with an 8-hour shift. The nurse would then get one break in the morning for 15 min. Then a 30min up to 1-hour lunch break then another 15 min break in the afternoon. Each state has different laws governed by OSHA but most of them are universal.

Here is the link to the state law for California
https://www.dir.ca.gov/dlse/FAQ_MealPeriods.html#:~:text=A.,IWC%20Order%2012%2D2001).

I hope this helps.
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Char’s Answer

Hi Keionna,
Depending on the type of work that you do, it can be time-comsuming. For 12 hour shifts at a hospital, you'll probably get one 30-minute lunch break and about two 15-minute breaks depending on state laws. Breaks are hard to take sometimes though when you're caring for patients who may need you at any time. If you work at a hospital, your nursing coworkers will more than likely be willing to help your patients while you take your break, and you'll do the same for them. You might not be able to take your breaks when you want to though. Your patient or a doctor may need you first.
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Linda’s Answer

Hi Keionna, Depends on where you work. When I worked in the hospital setting, where most nurses start their careers to obtain their experience, each nurse has to work their breaks into their daily workflow. When your patients are taken care of, everything is handled/managed and you can afford to take a break he or she would need to take advantage at that moment and go take a break. If you cannot manage 15 minutes, then space it out throughout the shift. But some shift nurses are so busy it is difficult to even find time to pee, let alone take a formal break. Yes, we are required by law to be given breaks so it is important to make sure that you ask a nurse to cover for you while you take your lunch break. That is the best thing about nursing-the camaraderie of fellow nurses. All nurses cover each other because we all need to take breaks and patients' needs may not wait while we are on break so the other nurse can still help them. Just takes a bit of planning and communication. My last job working remotely from home I was responsible for managing my whole day-to-day routine so it was more balance between getting work done and taking breaks able.
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Lorraine’s Answer

Hello Keionna,
Nursing is one of the most versatile professions with many different specializations. During my career as a nurse, I worked either 12 or eight-hour shifts at the hospital. I worked eight-hour shifts at the clinic. During my time providing telehealth from home, I averaged anywhere from 4 to 8 hours a day. Whether you're employed full-time or part-time determines how many days you put in a week. Typically, full-time employees work 40 hours per week, while part-time employees work varying hours. Taking breaks as a nurse has never been a problem for me. When you have a busy day, it may be more difficult to take a break when you want. As a whole, communication between you and your coworkers, as well as with your supervisor, is crucial to ensuring that you are getting breaks in accordance with the law.
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Iris’s Answer

My shifts are typically 12 hours in the hospital (7:00 AM to 7:00 PM). We get an unpaid 30-minute lunch break. Some nurses go to breakfast after they have completed all their assessments and given morning medications to their patients. I usually eat before I go to work, so I don’t know exactly how long that break would be, but I believe it is about 15 minutes.
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