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Website spotlight: Three steps to ensure new charge nurses are successful

Nurse Leader Insider, October 4, 2010

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Rebecca Hendren, for HealthLeaders Media, September 28th, 2010


Leadership development is an oft-overlooked issue in nursing, so it’s no surprise that charge nurses rarely receive the training they need. Many organizations promote nurses into the charge position simply because they are good nurses and no one else wants to do it. But the charge nurse is crucial to the smooth operation of a patient care unit, and spending time on training and development can reap dividends in organizational efficiency.


At the basic level, charge nurses manage the operations of patient care units during a particular shift. They assign tasks, workloads, and oversee the care provided to patients. But they also provide support, mentorship, and guidance to bedside nurses. For those reasons, it’s important to train charge nurses so they are up to the job.


Editor's note: To read the rest of this free article visit Three steps to ensure new charge nurses are successful found in the Reading Room at www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com.


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