Another thread here today got me thinking. On a scale of 0 to 10, with 0 being totally unimportant and 10 being absolutely essential, how important is it for a charge nurse to be able to run a code? Are there other leadership qualities that are more important?
The reason I ask is that I was recently at my ACLS refresher. One of the charge nurses from a 40 bed inpatient telemetry unit was in my group. This nurse should not have passed the ACLS refresher, IMO. He or she struggled every step of the way, and had it been a real code, I would have feared for this patient.
Now, I'm not saying that *I* could run a code seamlessly. There is a huge difference between a classroom environment and the real deal. But, I am not a charge nurse.
What say you?