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This is a discussion on was i unprofessional? (quick story) in Nursing and Professionalism, part of Nursing Career Advice ... I several years experience as charge nurse and I think I always handle people and situations quite...by raindrop Oct 14, '11I several years experience as charge nurse and I think I always handle people and situations quite well. However, at my current place of my employment, the first person who shows up for the shift is the charge nurse. Quite fine by me, but I've noticed a couple women who love the power trip of being charge and the other day it finally got to me. I show up for work and noticed that me and another nurse only had 8 patients assigned to us, whereas, the charge nurse assigned herself 11. I also noticed that we had 5 open beds. I voiced my concerns because it was clear to me (as always) that the other nurse and I were going to get the 5 admissions and the charge nurse won't have any, because she was already at her max. She disregarded my concerns and the shift began. Yep. right away, the other nurse and I each got 2 admissions. And then ED called to give us the 5th patient. This is where I put my foot down. I told, yes, TOLD the CN that she would be taking the 5th admission. She said NO, because that would give her 12 patients. I told her she can give me report on one of her current patients as I will take over their care. She huffed and puffed and pouted, but ended up taking it.
So by the end of the shift, I ended up with 11 patient (2 admissions and her spillover patient); the other nurse got 2 admissions = 10 patients....and the charge nurse had to give up a patient to take an admission, for a total of 1 admit and 11 patients.
Was this professional of me to grab the bull by the horns like this? I was very matter-of-fact, yet, professional......if that makes any sense. I wasn't ****** about it. I told my boyfriend about it and he thinks I was unprofessional....
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- Oct 14, '11 by JustJenMaybe you have never been charge AND had a group of patients. I have, and let me tell you....IT ISNT EASY!
I cant imagine a group that big PLUS admissions.....Yikes for you and Double Yikes for the Charge Nurse!
- Oct 14, '11 by ChristineNDepends how much of a "team player" your charge nurse is. Some charge nurses will take easier assignments so they can help out more with the other nurse's assignments, admissions, etc. If that is not the case then perhaps you should speak to your manager about the unfair assignments.
- Oct 14, '11 by Reader007A couple more paragrahp spaces would be nice. But yes, as you wrote it, you do come across as a bit unprofessional, at least in what you've written.
And that's coming from a carpenter, if it makes it easier to take.
- Oct 14, '11 by Conqueror+Yes you were unprofessional but I don't think that you were wrong. To me there is a difference. However, If you spoke to her in private and told no one else about your conversation then you were not unprofessional either.
- Oct 14, '11 by Illinurse2010I don't think you were that unprofessional, the charge nurse set herself up so she would not have to help with admissions--dumping the work on you and your coworker, and you showed her that was unacceptable. I think you stuck up for yourself. Sometimes there is just no nicey nice way of doing that.
- Oct 14, '11 by raindropI wasn't catty about it. I am sick of this particular nurse (who graduated in December) dodging admissions. Charge nurse simply means you make the assignment for the shift and try to find someone to cover for the next shift if there is a call in. But quite frankly, all of us help with that aspect. CN is really just a title at this place. And yes, I have been charge nurse for years with a full patient load and I never dump admissions on anyone. Fair is fair.
- Oct 14, '11 by jesskiddingI think the only thing that is unprofessional about this situation is the nurse/patient ratio!
- Oct 14, '11 by Reader007It's not the end of the world raindrop (nice, by the way). You just sound like "it" has gotten to you...and you reacted....happens all the time, in all ranges of employment.
In the interest of handling things better (if you warrant), what would you do differently, given the same situation? (remember, you're being "perfect", lol).
How about if you were the charge nurse in this situation? (again, being "perfect", and un-biased).
And yes, I know, none of us are perfect.
- Oct 14, '11 by RNOTODAYthe charge nurse should have as light of an assignment as posssible. period. why dont people get this?