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More Resources for Charge Nurses

Charge nurses and direct care nurses provide an almost invisible network of connections within a functioning nursing clinical unit or setting. In order to strengthen their role, skills and competencies required, Professional Services will be offering a series of educational webinars and workshops specifically designed for charge nurses.

This program began by offering two webinars. Recently, a 1-day workshop on delegation and supervision was offered and attended by nearly 85 charge and staff nurses. The workshop was given by Ruth Hansten, RN, MBA, PhD, FACHE, whose book, "Clinical Delegation Skills: A Handbook for Professional Practice" (Jones and Bartlett, 2009), has become one of the best on the issue. Not only was the workshop fun (yes, we "played” cards!), but it stimulated interaction and learning throughout the day. One of the attendees wrote, "Definitely repeat this one! (Taught me) what to do with changing resources, the dollars, working with others, and effective communication.” ONA is happy to announce that this workshop will be presented again in November  2012, location to be determined.

Professional Services will continue to develop other webinars and workshops for charge nurses. Check in to the ONA website shortly for more information on the November workshop and other offerings for relief and full-time charge and staff nurses.

Additional resources on nurse delegation can be found on the American Nurses Association website, Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, Volume 15, No. 2, where you will find a set of articles that cover delegation topics including:

  • Delegation in long-term care: Scope of practice or job description?
  • Delegation in the school system: Is it safe practice?
  • Developing delegation skills.
  • Mindful communication: A novel approach to improving delegation and increasing patient safety.
  • Nursing delegation in the United Kingdom.
  • When does delegating make you a supervisor?

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