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 amazing nurse, but she's on the shift opposite as mine). We have three during my shift. There is one charge nurse on our unit that 9/10 times is sitting down and talking about her personal life or gossiping. Plus, she talks a lot of crap about the new hires on our floor and nurses on other floors (all people who she doesn't know very well). That is disrespectful and I don't look up to people like that.
10% of the time I've heard her talking or doing actions that pertain to nursing. She brings down the productivity of the other charge nurses that we have any day that she is there. When she isn't there, the other charge nurses actually do their jobs.
She has had her position for 5 years. She only helps out when she feels like it, which is 30% of the time. She rides the staff all the time and 90% of the staff ARE always complaining about how she does nothing & isn't helpful. All she does is bark orders and tell you what to do and expects you to get everything done all at once.
Us floor nurses are running our a**** off, balls to the wall with being busy and she's a professional a** sitter and just watches us run around like crazy. She never offers to take patients, never offers to give pain medication, never offers to take report, never offers to do ****. You ask her, she gives you the run around or mysteriously disappears. She has to get asked by the manager to do something & that's even a stretch.
Our manager is great, but she favors this nurse & has other favorites on the unit who also don't do much of anything (the people who suck up to her) which is also talked about amongst the rest of the staff who don't believe in sucking up.
We're able to voice our complaints but are only able to do so at work when we get a free moment, which is oh, at lunch time. I've currently complained and plan to say something again to someone higher up than my manager. Many others have complained too but it seems like it hasn't helped. And this issue is prevalent on other floors too in my hospital.
Any suggestions would be great.
I have no problem with talking to your co-workers for a bit during the day but when you have work/tasks to do, get them done and then have your chat sessions.
Mar 20, '11
by Emergency RN
Thread like this often reminds me of the story of the Friendly General. His troops loved him because he wasn't afraid to get down into the dirt and get his own hands dirty. On the day of a big battle, he was on his way to his headquarters when he commanded his driver to stop so that he could help his soldiers load an ammunition truck. While he was doing so, the enemy suddenly shifted its forces and counterattacked. He was captured while passing the ammunition. Hence one cannot be a general when he's being utilized like a private.
The moral of that story is, that people in charge are not there to win points with anyone. They are not there to lend hands to staff, but to keep the shift on an even keel so that the unit won't be eventually overwhelmed. The overall mission is to keep patients moving, beds cleaned and ready for the next occupant, supplies topped off, and to direct (not participate) others in case of emergency. It is a thankless job, and if done well, their staff under them will actually have their working lives easier. For the charge RN that devotes his or her time to slinging bed pans with the best of them; while that may win the hearts and admiration of the working staff, the reality is, they've abandoned their charge post to do so. They can't realistically focus on overview issues if they're down in the trenches with the troops.
Granted, there are degrees of sloth in every job, charge RN included. I've seen some charge people shop for shoes on the internet while their unit fell apart around them. But one who energetically rushes to each room to help the staff is doing the unit a disservice in that their real job of being charge is not being attended to.
So how can one tell that a charge RN is doing their job? Easy, by the number of "emergencies" on your unit during their watch. The more emergencies or dire situations then the lower the charge caliber. If a charge person is sitting on their behind and nothing urgent ever happens whenever they do that, then that is exactly what they should be doing, even if the crew hates them.
Last edit by Emergency RN on Mar 20, '11