I asked this question in response to another "charge nurse" thread, but would like to get more replies and opinions. I wonder how many of you who work in ICU require your charge nurse to take a patient assignment (all or most of the time)??
This is the biggest bone of contention on the unit I work in. I wonder if we are doing something that is unusual or is this commonly done in other ICU's as well?? Our facility allows the decision regarding charge nurse & pt.assignment to be made by the NM. From what I understand our unit is the only one of the 4 adult ICU's that consistently has a charge nurse with an assignment. Actually, if I understand correctly the other 3 ICU's always have a free charge. Needless to say this goes over like a lead balloon in our unit. Our charge has a patient assignment 90% of the time, on both day/night shifts.
But the bottom line question is: Does your ICU require the charge to take an assignment? What do you think about a charge taking an assignment in an ICU setting?
Thanks for the input