My unit has two RN staff on day shift, one with a pt assignment and one in-charge. Today my unit's regular charge nurse phoned me asking if I could take a shift for her. I accepted under the impression that I would work the floor and the other RN who is on that day, who is very experienced and often works as charge on eves, weekends etc would be in charge instead.
In the elevator today I happened to run into my manager who wants me to be charge that day because "it's a good time to learn when you have me, the clerk, and the other RN for backup". My manager will probably be at meetings all day and won't be there for support and the experienced RN will be too busy to help since she has an assignment.
I am a new grad RN with only seven months experience. I have done charge on evenings on the weekends a few times but basically feel like i'm going to sink as charge on days of a 40 bed unit during the week. Basically, I know my limitations and I know I wouldn't be able to handle her job during the weekday.
So can I refuse? I was just trying to help by picking up a shift but now I don't even want to go in at all. help!