Another Forced into Charge Role - page 2
The post by ICU Becky was so timely for me, b/c now I am being forced into the charge nurse role (called "Lead Nurse" where I work). I have up to this time loudly proclaimed that I would quit my job... Read More
Nov 6, '01Thank you each & all for your comments! So many great replies.
True, I would rather not do "lead," but then again, I feel I should at least give it a shot before I condemn it . I know it would be a good chance to learn, if nothing else. I spoke w/ our floor's nurse manager about my concerns. So, my manager has been forewarned... if I get hypertensive & tachy like COMIC RN, then my days as lead will be numbered. ha ha ;-) (Thanks COMIC RN, for the suggestions).
ICU Becky- good job on standing your ground! I'm impressed! I'll keep those useful tips in mind. To everyone else-I appreciated all your comments...even the ones that suggested I tell them to take a flying leap, so to speak. Ha ha!! But I will at least try this thing out. I'll try anything once (almost). Yep, that was $12/ per SHIFT, not per hour.
Tomorrow I may have my first day of orientation as Lead (if we are staffed for it, that is). I'll give it a few weeks until I decide how I like it. Shoot, it took me close to a year to get a handle on working as a floor RN (and still fine tuning that one). ;-)
Nov 7, '01Kona,
You go after it! I think 3 years experience is a good amount and time to do charge. No kidding, you will feel like a newbie a bit but I think you will also surprise yourself by all that you already handle and know how to do.
Make yourself one of those timelines that we all hated to do in school. It will actually be a good reminder of the new responsibilities you have. As you gain experience in this new role, you will develop a rhythm that keeps things on track.
Remember, don't take the b****ing personally. Remind yourself that you are doing the job to the best of your ability and are doing your best to be fair to everyone.
It's not easy in this market to find other nurses to hire. We've had relief charge positions in our hospital open for over 6 months.
Nov 7, '01We are just getting a lead RN to our floor for dayshift. This person is responsible for handling bed assignments and being the staff go to person for skills never done before etc, etc. Each shift though is assigned a charge RN. This person only has to have had a year experience. We rotate this role the people who are better at it have the role more often, i think. NO EXTRA MONEY for being BIT**ed at regarding assignments or beds when the lead RN isn't there. When I am charge on my tele unit. I stay in touch with the other RN's that I am working with. Sometimes, you can work with 5 stable patients and take another, sometimes you are running with 3 critical patients. I try to rotate admissions to the best of my ability.
Most of all..........You can't please everyone all the time.