Can you advise this student nurse?
“My placement is always very understaffed, and I feel guilty for taking any time off – even for lunch breaks. I know a lot of the nurses on my placement don’t take real lunch breaks or even many breaks at all – and it makes me feel bad about taking breaks.
“I know that I have to take care of myself first and that I can’t wear myself out before I even really start as a nurse.
“I also know I’m only a student nurse, so it may not make or break how my placement is running – even while we’re understaffed – but I want to make sure I do my bit to keep things running smoothly.
“I’m also worried that I will look like I’m lazy if I take breaks while everyone else works so hard.
“Should I just suck it up and work through my breaks or should I still just take my breaks? If I take my breaks, how do I stop feeling so guilty about it?”