No Charge Nurse?

  1. Does your unit have a charge nurse? If not who covers the LPN's. We have no ANM and the manager is thinking of have one charge nurse M-F 8-4:30, any ideas of what to do between when the time the night shift charge leaves at 6am until 8 am? Or from 4:30 until the night shift charge gets there at 6pm? Who would assign beds, cover the LPN etc?

    Thanks
    ann
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  3. by   TrudyRN
    Quote from ~nurselissa~
    Does your unit have a charge nurse? If not who covers the LPN's. We have no ANM and the manager is thinking of have one charge nurse M-F 8-4:30, any ideas of what to do between when the time the night shift charge leaves at 6am until 8 am? Or from 4:30 until the night shift charge gets there at 6pm? Who would assign beds, cover the LPN etc?

    Thanks
    ann
    Ha ha, well, unless you have a House Supervisor, probably whoever the only RN in the facility is, without pay, without extra time to do your own work + the things you mention. It's called economics, Lissa, and you are the sacrifice. What does your boss say when you ask? I mean no harm, I just don't know what else the boss could be thinking except money.
  4. by   Mulan
    Well if you're on a small unit that only has one RN and one LPN, and no charge nurse, then you're it.

    Good luck!
  5. by   Nursing2Travel
    We have no charge nurses anywhere in our hospital. We generally have more RNs than LPNs working, and each of us are in charge of 1-3 (sometimes more, unfortunately!) LPN patients. This works well with our more independent LPNs and is a burden with LPNs who are less independent. I've not ever worked with a charge nurse, actually.

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