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Breaks must be taken to ensure safety

Kim Sunley RCN national officer, Health and safety

Workplace pressures make it hard to stop what you’re doing, so here’s how to alert your employer if you have no time for time out

The idea that nursing staff shouldn’t take a break if a patient needs their attention is a perception that won’t go away. It implies that a nurse has a superhuman bladder and won’t need the toilet during a 12-hour shift. That nursing staff are more camel than human and won’t need a drink of water even when caring for patients on the warmest day of the year.

Nursing Standard. 35, 5, 28-28. doi: 10.7748/ns.35.5.28.s14

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