The other FT Charge Nurse heard the unit secretary tell this to a new secretary on orientation. She didn't say anything to her at the time, but called me (the other FT CN) to vent. I'm so wanting to say something to this secretary, but I will refrain.
I guess the secretary told the orientee that we *only* discharge pts. WTH? How can someone be that clueless on what we do when they sit right next to us??
I arrive an hour after the day shift and assign post ops, assign rounds time for each nurse, I do staffing assigments and lunch times, discharges, education to pt's, mentor new grads, problem solve pts that are circling the drain. Throw in service recovery for family and pt's, go to meetings with management on pt flow and handle the flow from ED and PACU. Anyone has a problem, they take it to the charge nurse, who it seems is me, because I'm the bloody point person for 12 hrs. My badge says charge, I'm paid as a charge and I signed a job title that says charge, but evidentally I do nothing that warrants the title. :icon_roll