Should nurses be forced to take charge against their will? - page 3
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Apr 8, '07Occupation: ER Nurse / Geriatric Assessment Nurse GNC(C) Specialty: 24 year(s) of experience in ER/Geriatrics ; From: CA ; Joined: Aug '06; Posts: 213; Likes: 108We find out if we are charge the day we arrive..though people have the option to look in the book ahead if they want......Liz
Apr 13, '07Joined: May '06; Posts: 529; Likes: 639As a relatively new nurse, I started out ready to be charge when the time came for me. However, the blame for not "fixing staffing" for the next shift falls on the charge nurse. It's a huge issue. Inadequate staff. Your fault. Never mind that no one wants to come in (again) or the staffing office has turned a deaf ear. Total drama... not something I want to be a part of.
Apr 13, '07Occupation: psychiatric nurse Specialty: 9 year(s) of experience in Psychiatric ; From: US ; Joined: Apr '03; Posts: 668; Likes: 374In my hospital we have designated charge nurses whose sole job it is to be charge...they don't take patients or anything...they're just kind of the managers of the shift...they get paid an extra $4 an hour to do that.
I've done it in cases where there was a gap between where one 8-hour charge nurse left at 1500 and one wasn't coming in till 1900 (some folks at our place work 8 hour shifts and some, like me, work 12 hour shifts)...I do it then, but I've never worked a full shift as charge, since I'm not 'designated' (thank the gods)! I hate being charge for only those 4 little hours!