The first section of the workshop presentation summarizes the charge nurse role. The role encompasses many functions, along with having responsibilities, accountability, and authority.
Advising the charge nurse with proper education, training, backing from leadership, and a tangible job description will allow them to function and produce positive results.
It is the skills the charge nurses possess:
* Technical proficiency
* Knowing other staff and looking out for their welfare
* Keeping staff informed
* Ensuring the tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished
* Making sound and timely decisions
* Developing a sense of responsibility in the staff members and peers
* Setting an example
Leading the team will assist them in the success of their role as a charge nurse, as “leaders do not command excellence, they build excellence” (Connelley, 2003.) To complete the charge nurse role and RAA section the charge nurses see a video created by the education team. The video includes a charge nurse, patient, inexperienced nurse, and an experienced, overworked nurse.