Lazy Charge Nurse - page 2

by JoeyGirlRNNYC 5,106 Views | 12 Comments

I don't understand how a charge nurse can be lazy. At my job, there are permanent charge nurse positions. Charge nurses don't take patients (except for one charge nurse who does, who has won awards because she really is an... Read More


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    Do you work on my former floor? lol I love when I was elbow deep running around trying to keep above water and see that Charge Nurse C was sitting there on Facebook. And if you ask her for help, she is too busy. Very rarely did we get a lunch break, but when we did she will call you in the break room to go bring water to a patient rather than interupt her online shopping. I worked nights. If she did have to do something, she would come find us to "help" since she couldnt remember how to do it. She was good at faking helplessness.
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    Do you do peer review? You can use that CONSTRUCTIVELY to get a point across.

    I can tell you, as the charge nurse of a busy unit, there are times that it probably looks like I am sitting doing a whole lot of nothing, but in reality I am working on staffing, getting coverage for other shifts, making phone calls, doing a lot of paperwork that gets shoved at me (audits, reviews, doc reviews, ordering, fielding computer problems, fighting with the nursing office that yes, I do really need those 2 other nurses despite what the staffing ratio says). And when someone calls me to help them, I may not be able to do it right then and there because I am doing one of these things. I will take an assignment if I need to, but then people still want us to do a hundred things for them and I still have to do all my other work that comes with being a charge nurse.

    Sometimes, you need to walk in someone else's shoes. When I find out people are saying I don't do a lot or help them a lot, I get permission to orient them to charge and then they change their tune the first few times they are on their own. Staff have to be in charge when we are off (we only have one per shift, so that leaves 3 or 4 days we aren't there). Most of them decide that I do a lot more than it seems.
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    Do we work together? Sounds like my charge nurse lol.


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