Struggling as a charge nurse

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    We have a few nurses at my facility that are not transitioning into their role of a charge nurse very well. Any tips for new charge nurses?


    We are just starting a charge nurse training program. I’m not convinced as to the outcome yet, but willing to see how it goes. I feel they want everyone to do it the same way and have a lot of uniformity in the job, which just isn’t going to happen. If you require people to follow a cookie cutter method, their inherent leadership skills will be overwritten and they will perform poorly and be stressed and unhappy. I can see some process uniformality but trying to change someones intrinsic methods is doomed to failure.

    For the new charge nurses … be yourself. People will get used to your style. Learn from your mistakes, you will make plenty. Admit when you make a mistake, apologize to those who took the brunt of your mistakes and move on. Listen to advice from others with more experience, but don’t let anyone pressure you into doing it their way. What works for them might not work for you, and that is ok. Thank them for the suggestion, give it a try once or twice if you want, but either way, do it in such a way that it works for you.

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    What do you mean by not transitioning well? In whose opinion?

    It’s kind of like a new pair of shoes. They don’t really fit right at first and may be uncomfortable and awkward, but give it a little while, keep wearing them and they will fit great.

    Been there, done that, got the t-shirt.

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    New charge nurses r good nurses and leaders so they become charge nurses and r so hard on themselves trying to be perfect it stresses them out. Encouragement and reassuring them the good job they r doing pointing out strong points they did. Trust yourself and make a decision and no second guessing most times it is right occasionally it goes wrong but the decision wasn’t wrong just weird case. Always figure your own routine or strategy someone else’s may give good guidelines but your methods are unique so taking charge will be too. When you have days that everything goes so wrong you wanna cry go ahead when you hit your car leave it at work tomorrow is another day!

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