Yep, did that too. I took over as one of the Charge Nurses in our CCU 3 years ago. For two years, I wore many hats. Many times I had 3 patients right along with everyone else, praying "please, God, no codes today." As of a year ago, I don't have to take patients. Now I just have to charge over our CCU & 27 bed PCU. Oh, more hats. Assistant manager is what it's like.
When I had to take a patient load, some days most of those hats just had to stay on the rack. First things first, the patient. Other staff usually don't like it, but I'm not going to let someone suffer or die because someone else is wanting my attention. They'll just have to wait. I've tried to spread myself too thin, but I just don't spread in the right spots.
There are two words that accurately describe any charge nurse positon: IT SUCKS.
I'm going to check out the grass over there myself, it's a pretty shade of green from here.