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What in the world is a charge nurse whore????? :angryfire
Well, thus far it has been defined by only one individual: to be wanted to fill the team leader position when no one else can or will. Some individuals, who actually want the position, have been denied the position.
Does that make sense? I'm trying to say, some of my colleagues feel used.
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If someone like the OP doesn't want to be in charge in this climate, it's understandable. But it'd be ideal if someone in that situation could tell the manager all of what bothers them about this unhealthy power dynamic and reinforces that they don't want to get yelled at in a professional workplace. If the manager won't act to change things, you can go higher up the chain, etc.
I do have a buddy who wants to do exactly this--go and speak to our manager together. The key is can we do this calmly and also offer solutions or ideas how to make the situation better? At this point in time, I don't think we can go together calmly. However, I think that we will be able to do so, if I talk to her and explain why we need to stay calm and what our boundaries should be.
Which now brings me to JBudd's advice.
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Try offering some solutions:
What are the criteria needed to be designated charge?
Here, it is at least a year's experience, and several shifts of orientation, plus the passing of the charge nurse competency (one page thing of your duties and that you know enough of the policies etc, for admission, who to call for what, blah blah blah)
Have charge duty assigned on the work schedule, so the burden gets spread amoung those capable of doing it. Everyone should know ahead of time when thier turn is. Consistently calling in sick on those days should be a matter of discipline. Being called in to cover a sick call should automatically excuse you from charge duties, charge starts at the beginning of the shift!
Have a list of designated duties (a charge nurse job description).
No patient load.
Who calls the doctors.
Who makes the assignments for the day, and for the admissions.
Demonstrate the importance of what you do in order to negotiate a higher differential.
Check with your BON, as to whether or not you can be disciplined for refusing charge duties. No nurse is to be required to accept an assignment for which she feels unprepared or uncomfortable with. Since you and others have already been functioning in this role, you may not be able to refuse. If everyone refuses, they might get the point.
Thank you. I like and appreciate your advice.
1). I do not know of any criteria for this particular assignment. My collegues have told me that there isn't one.
2). I am partly to blame, for accepting that particular shift. The two other people assigned were legitimately sick. The entire staff is aware of their situations. I agree with you, though. I don't think that I should have been given the position so late in the shift. This is something I will keep in mind to discuss with NM.
3). Last I heard, individuals hired into the CN position were given a 4-5% increase over their base pay. Those of us, who have been standing in as CN, have not been offered anything more than what was previously mentioned. This is another problem, I think.
Last, but not least, the yelling thing. Some time back, I was involved in a situation where there was alot of yelling at work. I did my share of LOUD ventilation too. Something inside of me just shut down/stopped after that experience. It was kinda bad for everyone concerned. The whole mess was handled by my NM, whoever that was at the time, and the other nurses, I think. We've all forgiven each other and everything but, I still don't want the raised voice experience anymore.
Heck now that I look back, we were both at fault
I'm fine now of course.
I apologize that my posts are sooo long but, I need to vent. It helps me to write down what I am thinking and read other nurses' advice.
I am going to cut and paste everyone's ideas into windows and think about them over a few days to maybe even a week. Then I'll take the best ideas and share them with my buddy(ies).
BTW, work today was fine. I wasn't CN. :spin: