Applying for Charge Nurse

  1. What will help me in the interview? Other than things related to nursing, what do I need to have a grasp of (ie: management, etc)? I'm applying for a Neuro ICU night charge position. I am "3 years old." I came to the unit right out of school (medicine/critical care is nothing new to me - see my profile). I've been doing relief charge for 2.5 years.

    Thoughts?..... Opinions?...... Dos/don'ts?........
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   SCRN1
    At our hospital, the ONLY requirement is to have an RN after your name and the one who's been there the longest is usually the one who's in charge that shift. For only 50 cents/hr extra for being in charge, I'd personally rather not have the extra work being charge nurse brings.

    To answer your question though, have you had any leadership type of experience even though it may not have anything to do with nursing? You could probably use that as they may be interested in someone who knows how to handle people and being a leader.
  4. by   obliviousRN
    We have to have the following:

    1. demonstrated excellent time management skills
    2. demonstrated excellent and appropriate delegation skills
    3. ability to interact well with others, including in a high stress environment and with those who you may not always agree
    4. mediation skills

    etc.

    I would stress your ability to perform these functions and the realization of how important they are.

    Good luck!
  5. by   RoxanRN
    Thanks for the thoughts and comments!!

    Quote from SCRN1
    To answer your question though, have you had any leadership type of experience even though it may not have anything to do with nursing? You could probably use that as they may be interested in someone who knows how to handle people and being a leader.
    Aside from relieft charge, I spent time in the military as a junior NCO (rank = E4). I've also been the 'leader' (aka ranking person) on an ambulance for many years.


    Quote from obliviousRN
    We have to have the following:

    1. demonstrated excellent time management skills
    2. demonstrated excellent and appropriate delegation skills
    3. ability to interact well with others, including in a high stress environment and with those who you may not always agree
    4. mediation skills

    etc.

    I would stress your ability to perform these functions and the realization of how important they are.

    Good luck!
    Again, I HAVE to used these skills in my current job. I've also used these them extensively in the military as well as on a ambulance, especially nos. 1, 2, and 3!
  6. by   BrnEyedGirl
    [quote=SCRN1;1974550]At our hospital, the ONLY requirement is to have an RN after your name and the one who's been there the longest is usually the one who's in charge that shift. For only 50 cents/hr extra for being in charge, I'd personally rather not have the extra work being charge nurse brings.

    Do people really want to charge?
    Same thing where I work,...the two of us who have been there the longest take turns being in charge,..50 cents/hr,...way more work than 50 cents can compensate for!! I wasn't even asked if I wanted to charge!
  7. by   gitterbug
    Good luck, you sound like an excellent candidate for the position.

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