Nursing

Ask the expert: Nursing peer evaluation

Nurse Leader Insider, March 21, 2011

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This week, Tammie L. Berbarie, BA, RN, RN-BC, shares advice on how, when, and what charge nurses should be evaluated on by their peers.

Q: How do nurse managers conduct a charge nurse evaluation?

A: Just as with all other employees in your facility, charge nurses should not be evaluated on an annual basis alone. Annual evaluations are great; however, if you have a charge nurse who is not meeting your expectations and you wait until the annual review to discuss this, you are not really mentoring and teaching your charge nurses to grow. There is nothing more humiliating than to walk in to your performance evaluation and find out that you have not been performing to the team’s expectations. It can truly have a negative impact, and the team member will potentially walk away wondering why he or she was not informed of these issues earlier and given an opportunity to improve. Never set your team members up for failure.

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