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    LisaRN
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    We have had a change in management lately and the new manager has decided to shake things up from the way things have been done for many years on our floor. She asked several of us to train and perform as charge nurse on our respective shifts. On our floor the charge nurses have pretty much been charge nurses for many many years and some have,lets say let that go to their heads. So, when this change occurred they were not happy. I was one of those asked to charge and was very happy with the opportunity to do so. Unfortunately my charge nurse that I’ve been working under is now having to work under me occasionally and is very unhappy with this change in status quo. She has told a number of the other nurses on staff that I am after her job, I am “kissing up” to management, I’m no longer to be trusted, and has actually lied to some saying I have complained to management about their care and other issues to get this position. She has also told many of my coworkers that she had no intention of helping me or assisting me in my position although she agreed to train me when the manager asked. I have tried to talk to her about this and have discussed this withy manager who says ” when I asked you to do this we discussed that this may have negative ramifications but you said you were willing to chance it to advance your career, no one believes her lies and we all know you are a great nurse so just ignore her and know you are doing a great job” but I find it very stressful when she works on the floor with me charging because she won’t speak to me and I can’t trust anything she tells me because I have caught her trying to sabotage me since. Any advice other than giving up my new position? The nurses that work when I charge say they love to work with me as charge and my manager feels I do a great job so I don’t feel I should have to give up this opportunity.

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    Cnavern
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    Document, document, document. Every encounter you have with this nurse needs to be recorded. Dates, times, be specific. Take your documentation to your manager, tell her that something has to change. If you get no response, go to your director, and so on. Make sure that this nurse knows her behavior is inappropriate and it will not be tolerated. Remain professional and neutral. Do not say any negative comments about her to any staff members. You can make it through this.

    #7489
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    LisaRN
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    Cnavern- when I ask other nurses about this they always say document. I’m not sure what purpose this serves tho. What could documenting these incidents do to help the situation? Could not anyone document anything they want about anyone? And what proves what they documented is true? I have kept a journal just to keep up with what has happened , and for therapeutic reasons, but I’m really at a loss as to what to do with this situation. One part of me says “who cares what she thinks she’s just insecure?” But another part says, ” I have worked hard to earn the respect of my co-workers and although they know she is full of crap new employees may not.” Also, the negativity brings down the unit morale, and keeps others from wanting to pursue leadership roles. One time I found the previous night charge nurse paperwork had mysteriously disappeared from the book where it is kept. I redid the paperwork, but this blatant sabotage is ridiculous and petty and can also hurt the unit when it is not found where it is supposed to be kept. I have talked to my manager about all of these issues, but she has done nothing to fix the situation, and I’m not really sure she can. I worry also if I continue to report these to her she will think I’m paranoid and just not have me charge anymore with the thought its not worth all the drama, 🙁

    #7490
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    LisaRN
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    But thank you for the support tho I really do appreciate it

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