Web site spotlight: Helping charge nurses understand their leadership role (part 2 of 3)

Staff Development Weekly: Insight on Evidence-Based Practice in Education, January 22, 2010

The charge nurse workshop should open with an icebreaker activity called "Fear in the Bucket." This activity entails reading the following statement: "As a charge nurse I am most afraid of ..."

Each charge nurse must finish the sentence by writing on a piece of paper and placing their statements into a bucket located at the center of the table. After all charge nurses have submitted their entries, the buckets get switched with the other tables. The charge nurses then read each other's statements and discuss the reality of what fears are being experienced by their peers. The goal of the icebreaker is to have everyone be aware of the fact that they are not alone.

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