Very Hectic Pace --- Not enough Staff
Charge Nurse on Evenings (Former Employee) – Des Moines, IA – July 10, 2018
As a charge nurse on evenings, we very rarely had a full staff plus often needed a 'sitter' for a patient--thus depleting the staff more. Each nurse would have 4-6 patients--often with an admission in the shift. The patients were confused frequently d/t head trauma. The secretary left mid-shift even though there were admissions etc. throughout the 24 hrs.
I learned that you can do almost anything if everyone works together--keeping the patient as the top priority, I enjoyed working on committees but was slightly disheartened when things were turned down.
Management was thankful for your efforts but at times seemed to look out for day shift only.
The hardest part of the job was giving excellent care to the patient with lack of staff. It was accomplished most of the time but did bring on 'burnout' quickly.
The most enjoyable part of the work was seeing a neuro-trauma patient come back to their selves--alert, able to care for self, oriented, This often took quite awhile but did happen.
each patient had a single room--allowing family to be there.
Lack of staff, arrangement of unit was not nurse friendly