So I was offered a charge nurse position in our unit, and I accepted. However, I really don't want to do it. I am only doing it because I think there is no other choice, because everyone but 2 new grads quit in my dept. and I don't want someone coming in and ruining the flow that has already been there. I wish I could leave but sometimes the grass isn't always greener. Please help me.
Jan 8, '13
If you truly don't want to take the position, go to your boss and say that. I'm sure he/she will try to change your mind but stand your ground and tell him/her that now is just not the time for you or whatever your reason. ALLLL too often nurses and women especially take on responsibility that is not wanted because we feel guilty or if we don't do it no one else will etc and end up paying the price. Trust me, they will find someone else and as far as the flow being changed..there is nothing you can do about that - thats the risk of someone else taking the position but you still have your job and are in a position to educate/teach the new person on how things are run - doesn't mean they will keep them that was but the foundation is laid. At this point in my career I would not take any type of position that I absolutely did not want - regardless of the title, money etc.
Jan 9, '13
Does this promotion also fulfill some career goals for you? It could be the first step for career advancement into management if that is where you want to go. Otherwise, I agree with Marshall1 - don't do it.
The turnover in your department is not your fault, right? So why would you accept responsibility for fixing it? Replacing the exiting staff will involve a long and difficult process, even if you can find experienced & competent replacements. Trying to provide support & back-up for those two remaining new grads is also a huge responsibility. But it's the organization's responsibility - not yours.
Don't do it unless the benefits (to you, personally) outweigh the risks and negatives.