How to Master the Role of Charge Nurse

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Training Details

Event Dates and Timeframe
May 30, 2019 1 – 2:30 pm ET (9-10:30 AK time)
Thursday, May 30, 2019 at 09:00 AM until 10:30 AM
Location and Delivery Method
Delivery Method
Online / Web Delivered
Cost Range

Host And Instructor

American Nurses Association
Carol A. Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, NCTTP

Training Overview Description

As an early career RN, you will, or have been, asked to serve as the Charge Nurse on your unit. Even if your manager has prepared you for this step, you may find your self asking, “How do I make this work for me, the other people I am working with and my patients?”

What does it take to be an excellent charge nurse?

The authority of a manager…the insight of a psychologist…the patience of a saint...the crisis intervention skills of a counselor…and the tact of a diplomat.

This live, free, interactive webinar will provide early career RNs with tips and tools they can use the first time -- and every time -- they are asked to be in charge.

Topics include:

  • How your practice from Day 1 on the unit may (or may not) prepare you for the charge nurse role
  • Cultivating relationships that will provide support to you in this important role
  • How to set priorities when you are the charge nurse
  • Rolling it out: Your first time as a charge nurse!
  • How to avoid common pitfalls and traps
  • “How’d I do?”: Seeking and using external (and internal) feedback

This program will help you learn to take charge more confidently – and that will make a significant difference to you, your coworkers and your patients.

Who should attend: Early Career RNs

Additional information: Register no later than May 29, 2019 at 1 pm ET to receive 24/7 access to this webinar so even if you can't attend the live webinar, you can still benefit from this information at a later time. A link will be emailed to all registrants the day after the webinar, so you can view the webinar at your convenience.

Our Presenter: Carol A. Essenmacher, PMHCNS-BC, DNP, NCTTP

Carol Essenmacher currently serves as the Tobacco Treatment Coordinator at the Battle Creek Veterans Administration Medical Center. She has many years’ experience as a Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse in a variety of clinical acute care settings. Dr. Essenmacher has also taught in academic nursing programs and is an experienced and knowledgeable presenter.

Event-specific Details

This program is informational only; no contact hours will be awarded.

Individual pre-registration is required.

Questions or group attendance requests: Please email

Interpersonal Skills
Nurse Administrator
Nurse Educator
Registered Nurse
Registered Nurse - CNS

Registration Information

Click HERE to register.

You don't have to attend the live webinar! Register to receive 24/7 access to this webinar recording!

Attendance is free for both ANA members and non-members.

Register by April 25, 2019 to receive a free registration gift, a special article, “Selecting and Preparing References.”