I too was "thrown to the wolves" Christmas day. I had been an RN for 14 months. I then got trained a full 2 weeks. I work day shift. We do not take pts on day shift but night shift sometimes ends up with a full load of 7 pts. They tried to give me a couple pts one day and I refused stating they could find themselves a new charge nurse and put me back on the floor. I only make a dollar more an hour and its not worth all that extra responsibility on my license. Luckily my nurse manager agrees with me. She will come in and charge and put me on the floor if need be. I have been charging for about 8 months now. I do more then assign beds though....I am responsible for the assignments, assigning beds, checkcing orders, rounding with the doctors, discharges, assisting all my staff regardless of CNA or RN, trouble shooting, rapid responses, difusing situations, I am the one the doctors come to when something isnt done or not done the way they want it done, I need to know what is going on with all the pts on the floor, critical labs, family issues, social work/case management issues, etc...I am quite busy. And at the end of the shift...I am still sitting there trying to finish my orders while everyone else has gone home. It is not as easy charging as it looks to be.