Encouraging Breaks with Mobile Ordering

The martyrdom of forgoing breaks is engrained in nursing folklore. We get it—it's a special type of person who chooses to enter the medical profession. It's not just a job. It's not just a career. It's a passion. Passion is consuming, and breaks are forgotten when staff is 100% focused on their patients. Kristin Baker, a Registered Nurse, explains the situation: "It's a hard position to be in—not being able to take care of your own health while you're advocating it to patients."

So let's make it easier to take advantage of breaks. And I say "let's" because it's a bigger movement that involves hospital administration, a grassroots culture change, and the tools to make it happen.

The prescription for a perfect break: mobile ordering and a welcoming green space or lounge.

During breaks, med staff should break free from the call lights—escaping patient care to mentally and emotionally recharge. A healthcare trend that we love is rooftop gardens, arboretums, and Zen gardens on campus. But with standard 30-minute breaks, some opt to devour a bag of chips while documenting—and here's where mobile ordering comes in.

If med staff can place their orders on their mobile device or a computer, they can jump to the front of the line in the cafeteria (or have it delivered to their unit), grab their meal to-go, and head outside to enjoy some fresh air and fresh food. It's the perfect combination—it flows, it makes sense.

Learn more about Mobile Ordering in this short video from our popular To the Point series.