Charge Mommy

A few days ago, one of my colleagues said to me after a particularly frantic day in the ED, “You guys aren’t Charge Nurses, you’re Charge Mommies.” She is right. This is what we do:

  • tell all the kids don’t fight and play nice
  • fix boo-boos
  • give hugs as needed, or tissue
  • make sure all the kids get lunch
  • find things
  • repair broken toys
  • clean up little “accidents”
  • greet guests, and ensure they’re fed and comfortable
  • make sure everyone keeps the place tidy
  • assign chores
  • deal with the unpleasant relatives upstairs

The one thing I don’t do is enforce discipline. No spankings or time outs. I have a Manager Mommy for that.

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  1. #1 by Jennifer Olin, RN on Friday 29 June 2012 - 1023

    Oh my gosh, you gave me my first laugh of the morning…it’s so true and not just in the ED, you totally capture the OR too!

  2. #2 by The Nerdy Nurse - Patient, Nurse, Technology Advocate. on Saturday 30 June 2012 - 1608

    No greater joy than being a mother. Sometimes adults need mothering too.

  3. #3 by Jane Morai on Wednesday 01 August 2012 - 1130

    Lol you are definitely right about being a charge mommy. Moms are the best!

  4. #4 by Cindy on Thursday 13 December 2012 - 1117

    Absolutely!

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