Post # 46
vertabella : if I had control over that kind of thing then yes, I absolutely would.
Miss-Mauverick : I believe I picked the right word, as it states in the handbook that the optimization of the schedule is up to different staff, and any time I’ve ever requested a work-related break (to make a phone call to a parent/doctor/etc) it’s been denied or ignored. So I’m not sure 🤔
xraychick01 : I am able to pee like I said if I can do it really fast. I would likely have to use a waste basket for throwing up, and then we’d have to call the child’s caregiver and wait for them to come. I’d then likely use PTO to take the rest of the day off. But yes, I don’t think I would leave a patient even if I had to throw up. I’m hoping another staff would be kind enough to intervene. But leaving a patient outright even for a short amount of time can be dangerous.
Post # 47
But in any case bees, I wasn’t here to see if my situation is real or legal, or even ask how to fix it, as I know that to stay and work as a full time employee these are the conditions and I either have to deal with it or work somewhere else. This thread was just to see how normal this work style is, in the case I do search for other employment perhaps I have more of a chance of finding a bit more of a life friendly schedule! Thanks for all of the replies!
Post # 48
- Wedding: March 2021 - Kauai, HI
But can’t you talk to your supervisor regardless of the law? Is there a HR dept you can speak to. I’m sorry but bathroom breaks aren’t even real breaks! Unless you’re on the can reading the bee for 15 minutes. otterbee :
Post # 49
I’m a teacher and last year they scheduled my prep period and lunch first thing in the morning. It really sucked having my lunch period from 9:30-10:15. This meant that I had to teach 6 classes in a row, without a break or transitition time between classes for a total of 4.5 hours. It sucked ass.
Post # 50
If I’m in court it could be an entire morning or afternoon without a pee break. But I make sure I always take a full hour lunch.
Post # 51
- Wedding: September 2017 - Pearson Convention Centre
I generally work four hours than I take an hour break than I work another four hours
Post # 52
What job do you have?
I have IBS and am prone to UTIs there’s no way this would work for me.
Post # 53
I’m in the health field and work 12 hour shifts. There are some days that we’re too busy and I dont get a break. This happens more times than not! You get used to it, and learn to cram food in, within minutes. lol
Post # 54
I thankfully have a flexible job, so can break whenever aslong as I’m present for my job (e.g. not to push it too far and go shopping whenever).
In previous jobs, it depended on the work hours. An 8 hour day typically meant I could have a break after 4 hours, however I could get a quick glass of water or go to the toilet whenever.
Post # 55
I’m an academic, so most of my time now is unscheduled. Back when I worked in an office, I was hourly so I took a 1 hour lunch break in the middle of the day (I wasn’t allowed to work overtime and the office operated on a 9 hour day, even though the salaried employees ate lunch at their desks), but I was also free to get up whenever to use the bathroom, get coffee, etc.
I can’t imagine going an entire day without using the bathroom. I know it’s somewhat the norm in the healthcare industry, but it’s crazy to me that healthcare professionals are treated so poorly — not least of which because it must be very damaging to productivity and performance to have to deal with these kinds of major quality of life issues. I’d really like healthcare professionals to be well-rested, well-fed, able to take breaks. Doesn’t it seem like that would result in better care?
Post # 56
That is ridiculous they expect you to work 6 hours straight without going to the bathroom. By the afternoon I have to pee every hour. I generally need to drink 70-80oz of water at work alone or I will get headaches. I don’t take official breaks other than lunch but I get up to use the bathroom whenever, refill my water, etc. I also take mini mental breaks frequently while switching between tasks- checking my personal email, watching my kids on the daycare camera, etc. But I generally work alone all day except for meetings, I don’t work in person with anyone. I wouldn’t mind not getting an official break other than lunch to relax or whatever but you should be allowed to pee when you need to FFS.
Post # 57
Youre going to get answers that have a huge range. You need to look at your state, etc labour laws. If unsure, call and ask. This is a basic human rights issue and denying you breaks to relieve yourself is inhumane. Time to speak up and be your own advocate.