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Web site spotlight: Helping charge nurses understand their leadership role

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 15, 2010

As the amount of patients admitted to hospitals every day increases, it becomes more pressing to ensure front-line leaders—charge nurses—are well aware of their role, responsibility, accountability, and authority.

Charge nurses provide leadership at the point of care, improve retention and turnover of staff, ensure safe and effective practice occurs, and enhance the patient/family experience by ensuring excellent quality care.

Most charge nurses, when asked about their role, responsibility, accountability, and authority, could articulate three of the four areas. They could state some aspects of what their role and responsibilities are, as well as their accountability. However, they were hesitant to answer what they felt their authority as a charge nurse is.

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