The ward clerks carry tremendous informal power in any emergency department, because they’re the ones who actually make the place run and bring a modicum of order to the chaos. As you know, I’ve been doing a run of charge the past week in preparation (it seems) for my formal enthronement and apotheosis as permanent charge in April, which means I have spending a lot of time in their company.
The oldest, most senior and most respected of them told me this week that I was “doing a good job” and I was going to “make a good charge nurse.”
I don’t take compliments well. You all know that. They make me a little crazy. I glowed for a while, then got to thinking. What did she mean by that? When is the other shoe going to drop? What is she really up to?