I’m going crazy: CHARGE NURSE vs. BEDSIDE NURSE

…a one-on-one interview with myself (LOL) as I step up to another milestone in my life: being a charge nurse…

You know, being “in-charge” of the station for one shift, tormenting your brains carrying-out orders, receiving and giving endorsements: that kind of stuff. I am aware that I’m immaculately young for the job, but my seniors have pushed me to it and it’s all very new for me, so I couldn’t help but write about it.

And so, as I finished another shift, my brain’s all asking questions which it answered all by itself and here’s the all-noteworthy conversation…

Me1: How are you? Still in your right mind?

Me2: I don’t know, I’ve had six admissions this shift and my head’s all achy from all the doctor’s orders.

Me1: Compare being a bedside nurse from being a charge nurse

Me2: When you’re a bedside nurse, you already have a routine of taking vital signs, giving medications, bedside care, and you take orders from the charge nurse: he/she thinks for you (at least in my case, hihi). It’s definitely way fulfilling to be a bedside nurse, I wonder why they invented charge nurses, kidding!

When you’re the charge nurse, your routine would depend on the orders you need to attend to, you mandate what your bedside nurses need to do and you’re accountable to them and to all the patients.

Me1: What are the yipees and boos of being a charge nurse?

Me2: Thumbs-up for not having to run all-shift long. I go home with a relaxed body, as if I haven’t worked 8 hours. Thumbs-down for thinking the entire shift, my body’s relaxed, but my mind’s beyond tired. I also don’t get to see the patients; all I see are their relatives when they complain at the nurse station. And I have to know everything! That’s the biggest thumbs-down.

Me1: Describe your endorsement experience

Me2: I was all edgy, I didn’t know if my voice came out right. I envy those veteran charge nurses as they endorse effortlessly. Makes me think: God, I have so much more to learn!

Me1: Condense being a charge nurse in one word

Me2: PRESSURE!