I'm so sorry, Heart, I'm just now seeing this or I would've replied sooner.
Arabstar was right -- I am the 'charge' nurse because I am the direct supervisor for my team of CNAs. From what I've seen of the charge nurse role in the hospital, the two are totally different and, like Arabstar, I would absolutely decline an offer to start out charging in a hospital setting.
When I originally posted this thread, I did so because I was scared to death (and excited, too) that I had landed my first healthcare/RN position. That transition, from student to nurse, was my most difficult hurdle and lasted about 2 months. It really helped that I had an amazing preceptor who trained me for 7 weeks. The first few days I was by myself, she even called to make sure I was doing okay.
It's me, an LPN, and four aides for 37 residents. I have the same 18 every day, and my LPN buddy has the same 19. I work 12s, she works 8s, and most of the time another LPN comes in for her hall on the 3-11 shift. There have been maybe 2 times that I've charged all 37 residents with a med tech. There are days when it seems like I don't have enough time to get everything done, but all in all, I love my job. We have great nurses on every shift, so if there's something one shift can't get done, the next one picks it up with no problem. Most of our aides are awesome, and let me tell you, they have really been patient with me. I jump in and help them whenever I can, but since I've never done transfers/toileting, they've had to teach me from the ground up. It's very different when you're transferring a mannequin in CNA school, lol. With a few exceptions, we all help each other, and that makes all the difference in the world.
So to answer your question, I've been doing great, and I plan on staying with this facility for a long time