Experienced critical care nurse 10+ years. I worked in step-down unit for the last 3 years and pulling occasional shifts in the ICU and CCU. I've been on a new job for about 1 1/2 weeks now on nights in a 24 bed ICU unit on a 3 month seasonal contract. A couple of nights ago, had patient on vent plugging off ETT w/SPO2 dec. to 70's, HR inc. to 160-170's; started bagging/lavaging/Sx ; co-nurses/RT showed up. I am slowly learning who all the dr's are and have to take note during report who the dr's and their specialty. While I'm at the bedside working on this patient, the charge nurse called the hospitalist on nights and put me on the phone with her. When the dr. started asking me about the patient's doctors, I asked the charge nurse to speak to her and she took the phone. We got the pt. stabilized. At the end of the shift, as the charge nurse is rounding the unit and in this patients room, I ask her if there is anything I can answer for her. It turns out that she was very upset with me for handing her the phone when I should have spoke to the doctor myself about this patient. She explained that she has to oversee 24 patients and it would not be possible for her to know the details of every patient in the unit. She told me she was very upset about it and did not want to say anything in the room. I told her that I appreciated her speaking to me about this and that I understand and if in a situation where the dr. needed to be called, I will speak to them myself and not put her in that situation again and that I was sorry about it. I thought everything was ok until I ran into the manager this morning who inquired with me if everything was going ok and mentioned about the dr. situation, that this charge nurse spoke to her about it. I told her that the charge nurse spoke to me about it and that I completely understand and next time I will speak to the dr. myself. I said to her that my learning the dr's names/specialties/flow of the unit is taking some time. I feel like the charge nurse threw me under the bus. I am trying so hard to do my best with care of my patients, fit in with the staff, be a team player. I was hoping to cont. to be in good standing with management. I just don't feel it was necessary for her to take it a step farther after her and I having a long discussion about it. She was weird with me last night when she was in charge. I was thinking of staying on with this hospital but definately having second thoughts about it now after getting started off this way with not even two weeks on the job.