I just surpassed my one year mark last week, so technically not my first year anymore but I still feel very much like a new grad so I hope I am welcome to keep posting here for a long time!
I was just wondering how much experience someone usually has before becoming a charge nurse. I am on a medsurg unit and we rotate being charge rn.
Unfortunately we have an extremely high turnover rate of staff. People keep quitting or getting fired. With only one year of experience I am somehow one of the more experienced people on my unit. Also my unit is considered toxic by the float pool - they apparently argued so much about having to come to my unit that they keep a record of when they do and its now mandatory for them to take their turn without complaining. There are still several on my unit with more experience, but a lot of the people I work with are even green-er than I am. It scared me like crazy one day when I realized I was the most experienced person there. Newer grads were coming to me with questions. Questions I sometimes didn't have answers to. My manager took the role of charge nurse that day but then was gone at a meeting almost all day so all problems were coming to me. The next day I was there again but with some experienced people from the float pool. They asked me why I don't just consider doing the brief charge nurse training and being in charge. They acknowledged it might be difficult with only a year of experience but that I could probably get by. Is it expected for people to start being in charge on medsurg units after only a year? Am I behind if I don't feel ready for it?