Charge nurse with less than a year RN experience???!! - page 8

by RNpandoraRN

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Recently one of the nurses I work with began training to be charge on our 30-bed (very busy!) med/surg unit. But here's the kicker - while she's very pleasant to work with....it hasn't even been a year yet since she graduated... Read More


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    Sorry, but that is a little insane and irresponsible. I am a new grad and I am a charge nurse in a SNF, but I was a LPN for about 5-6 years. I hope she understands the legality and liability that may rest upon her. I worked at a hospital a few months before accepting my current job and there is no way I could have jumped in and took on so much responsibility at a hospital. I cannot see a way of justifying this. How do teach someone something you do not understand or really know about yourself. There are many skills that take a lot of practice to conquer. I wonder how do the Senior nurses feel?
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    Hello, New RNs .. Please give your self time before committing to charge position
    you can really put yourself at risk.. management today will not back you up and human resource HR .Is really HR management . ALWAYS protect yourself and your patients .. I know I been a nurse for over 20 yrs .. Nursing is really changing .. and sadly not for the better . management protect there friends .. Good Luck
    Nurses need a union to protect them ....
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    I got one better. . .how about an RN with about 6 months experience being made a DON of a 100+ bed LTC?
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    In New York, it is a part of the orientation. The management just want to see if you have any leadership. There is always a senior nurse around so that the new nurses can consult them should there is a problem these new nurses might have.
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    This brings back memories of the "good old days" when I began my nursing career in 1972. I was flattered to be actively recruited by my small hometown hospital prior to graduation. When I was asked what areas interested me, I said med-surg to start. I felt I needed more training for CCU and didn't like OB. But before my board results even came in (it used to take weeks), I ended up the PM charge nurse for 48 beds with med-surg, CCU and OB all on the same floor. I had an LPN med nurse and a few aides. Talk about a nightmare for a new grad! I only stayed three months but my stress level was in the stratosphere. But at least I was well-paid, $3.97 an hour! Back then, the doctor's home numbers were in the phone book and you had to call one in if someone came to the ER....
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    I guess I would have to ask: "Who is she friends with or who is she related to that has some importance on the unit or in the hospital"....be careful of who you talk to about this...you never know who is friends with who and how things can come back to you. She may have been chosen because she is malleable...meaning, she won't stand up for what is "right"...she'll just go along with what she the nurse manager wants...I have seen this situation before and the person was "politically correct" seen as non-challenging by management...i.e., will do what they are told to do--whether it be right, wrong, or somewhere in between.
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    I had just recieved my permanent license and was at the hospital 6 months out of school when I was appointed Charge Nurse. thankfully there was a good support team behind me or I would have drowned. It happens, no ones fault, just the way things are.
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    good luck, I am sure that you are doing a great job...I was generalizing...so please don't take my comments personally; of course, there are exceptions to every situation...I wish you luck!
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    I had a similar experience a few weeks ago... I am a new grad and I am not finished with my 6 month probation, in fact, I had just been released from orientation the week before when I received a call from the House Manager to be charge nurse the next day. Of course I said NO WAY! I couldn't believe she would even ask! Our floor consists of patients just out of ICU on vents, telemetry, frequent pushes, etc. I am sure it was a mistake and it has never happened again. How scary for the patients and the other nurses on the floor if I had said yes! Thanks for sharing.
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    the bottom line is that if a person has the proper license and is breathing, they will certainly try their hand...


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