What Your Charge Nurse Wants You to Know Recently I asked @wheresthecharge, an anonymous charge nurse on Twitter, what she’d like clinical bedside nurses to know. @wheresthecharge also blogs at wheresthecharge. Here’s her guest post: We may not be the smartest person in the room. We may not even be the most experienced health care provider on the floor. We do know how to iron out the wrinkles in any one given shift. Or at least, we know how to figure out what to do with what we are given. As your charge nurses, we are dedicated to the smooth operation of a unit ‘based on what we are told’. The key point is that we can only help, if we are informed. Yes, we may be able to anticipate situations where we may be of assistance such as when a new grad performs a venipuncture for the first time. However, often there are times where issues that should be communicated in a timely manner are not. Nothing can be done without awareness of the matter at hand. This includes things such as: Horizontal/vertical bullying Suspicions of abuse Potential for crossing of professional boundaries Discomfort with assigned patients, tasks Mental illness, substance […]
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Author: Beth Hawkes
Did You Know?: The ten largest healthcare occupations represent 5.5 percent of national employment.
Forty-two percent of employment in healthcare occupations are related to nursing, including nursing assistants. Employment for registered nurses was nearly 2.7 million in May 2014, making it one of the largest occupations in the nation. The annual average wage for nurses was nearly $70,000. The top 10 percent of nurses earned $98,880 per year or more. Among the ten largest healthcare occupations, the top paying was physicians and surgeons, all other, with annual average wages of $189,760.-U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics