A charge nurse -- the administrator tasked with maintaining efficiency in a health care facility -- is concerned with a variety of operations in her department, including patient admission and discharge, nurse schedules and everyday nursing duties. After completing nurse training, with a recommended Bachelor of Science or Master of Science in nursing, a potential charge nurse can look for a hospital internship or charge nurse education program to further her skills.
Duke University Nursing
After at least a year of service history in the Duke Medicine system, registered nurses are eligible for enrollment in the school’s Charge Nurse education program, a licensure that comes with a $2-an-hour increase in compensation above a general RN. Over the course of the program, nurses will learn about the position through experience under the watch of a licensed charge nurse, and conclude the program with a skill-validation test to ensure competence in the field.
Learning to Lead
Learning to Lead is an online program for nurses who don’t have the flexibility to attend a traditional class. The class covers the basic concepts necessary for a charge nurse, including the specifics of the nursing environment, the struggle to transition from registered nurse to nurse manager and the leadership elements that control both staff and costs for the hospital.
Charge Nurse Intensive CE Series
The Charge Nurse Intensive CE Series offers both group and individual registration into the online Gannett Education course. The program focuses primarily on the leadership skills necessary for a charge nurse, such as conflict resolution, delegation and contemporary styles of communication that bridge the gap between charge nurses and the RNs they manage. Upon completion, students are presented with a certificate that verifies completion of the six-week program.
In-Hospital Development Programs
Nurses at Providence Hospital have the opportunity to enroll in the hospital’s Charge Nurse Development program, which emphasizes competency, continuity and opportunities for advancement through the charge nurse position for both the hospital and the nurse. Nurses interested in taking the next step in their careers are expected to take a seven-hour seminar class dealing with staff assignments, unit leadership and disaster awareness, in addition to a monthly development meeting that incorporates real-world experience into each potential charge nurse’s training.
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