I have never posted on a site like this but I need some help from some nurses that are familiar with this kind of nursing and can help me understand how to be a good charge nurse.
A little about me, I am from the Emergency Department, I have always worked in critical care and although I do love it, the schedule wasn't fitting into the rest of my life. I got this awesome job working for the nursing facility, and at first it was just an RN position and then they offered me the charge nurse position on the evening shift, which means I am all by myself with one other RN (most of the time, I'm told), to run the facility. The challenge was very exciting to me, I am always drawn to that. But now I am getting a little nervous and kinda down wondering how I am going to do this?
I really need to know what makes a good charge nurse? I have been in "charge" before but on a much smaller scale, this is a very large facility 250+ beds.
As one can imagine I am having a lot of anxiety, I want to do right by the patients the facility , and the staff. I have been there for a week, havent even started the charge training (had core training and whatnot of course) and already I am feeling the challenge, trying to be likable, but taken seriously, its hard, and I'm the youngest RN there, which makes it a bit harder.
Any advise would be greatly appreciated.