I haven't been oriented to charge RN, but what is the role of the charge nurse? The day shift charge RN seems to make assignment, sit at the front desk and gossip, read her email and snaps at me saying she doesn't have time to help when I'm drowning. The day charge RN doesn't even take patients.
Acute Care (surgical floor) 34 beds. On nights, the charge takes 4 pts and the other RN take 6 (if we are at 31+ pts). She is responsible for making the shift assignment, and the weekly schedule in 4 week blocks. She is available to help with "emergent" or out of the ordinary situations when other RNs have questions. (We have pretty good team work, so if she isn't available, one of the other RNs will jump in to help).
On days, the charge does not take pts, but does help with discharge paperwork. She will round with the MDs, does some of the calls to Drs. Also has to make assignments and schedules.
For the most part, we have a pretty good group to work with, but as it is everywhere there are personality conflicts, etc.
ETA--- Each RN is responsible for 12 hour chart checks, on days the charge will sign off orders, and give a copy of the order sheet to the RN responsible for that pt. I have control issues, and really do not want anyone else check off MY charts. Some of the others don't mind, but I want to see it for myself.
Last edit by Mommy&RN on Apr 1, '11
: Reason: Additional info