Charge nurse taking patients - page 2

So I am wandering how it is at other places but at our hospital, they didn't want the charge nurse to take pts anymore, but now they have changed it and said the night shift charge nurse will take... Read More

  1. by   Morainey
    We have a certain census cutoff for being charge w/o assignment during the day and evening shifts, if census dips then the charge takes an assignment. I'm charge at night and I get a full assignment. It's not too bad. If I had no assignment for 12 hours, I'd feel like such a princess!
  2. by   turnforthenurse
    Where I used to work (progressive care) the dayshift charge never took an assignment unless they were really short...then they would take a couple of patients. They would round with the doctors on all of the patients and help with admits/discharges and other things that needed to be done.

    On nights, the charge nurse ALWAYS took a full load, which was 4 patients. If we were short, usually the charge would still take 4 and everyone else would take 5, that way the charge nurse could help out with things on the floor. I was often in charge on my unit and there were times were I would take 5 to help out the other nurses...I would also (sometimes) find time to do all of the admission data on all of our admits just to help out my fellow nurses.

    I now work in the ER and the charge nurse does not take any patients. They are responsible for directing the flow of patient traffic and assigning beds. The charge nurse is our resource person and will help out as needed, such as starting a very difficult IV or something.