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Shelly Lopez-Gray, MSN, RNC, IBCLC

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The last day I charged, I swore I'd never do it again. It wasn't that the day was horrible---I was working with some of my favorite people and we actually had available beds. But it was just one of those days...the kind of day where everyone questioned every decision I made and there was a little push back from more than the usual people (ummm, you know who you are). And to top it all off, because I'm a "relief" charge nurse, there's no actual extra pay when I'm secretly killing myself inside, trying to do my best to keep the day from going to hell in a hand basket.

So when I left work that night, I swore I'd never ever charge again. After all, I thought, I'm not even getting PAID to take on all of this extra responsibility. That night, I griped to one of my best friends over Mexican food and margaritas. As my friend, and as a charge nurse, she listened with sympathetic eyes and patient ears. She nodded and smiled and gave me a reassuring hug before we both headed home.

But by the time I got home, I remembered that nursing is a calling. And every nurse, regardless of the amount of money tied to their job title or the initials behind their name is called to lead in one way or another. No amount of money should influence our decision to lead any which way we can. So they can keep their .50 cents (or a dollar? or two?) and I will continue to fill in any time they need me. And the next time I charge, I will continue to pray the whole day that the entire shift goes smoothly for all of us. And that's not just the margarita talking!! ;)
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Cari Rynkus GrisetoYou're a better person than I! I decided just last week that I will not do relief charge again, and I'm sticking to it! Too much bs from people who are supposedly your "friends", not enough compensation, on top of every move being questioned. Nope! No more!

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April Scifres MontgomeryLove this!!!!!!! I swear we are so alike! I'm relief charge tomorrow and was already having these "ugh" feelings! You definitely helped me get my mind right!! 😘😘😘

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Alicia CumersI felt the exact same way at the end of my last charge shift.

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Sheri HildmanNo difference in pay at my hospital, and our charge nurses have to do triage too. (19 bed LDRP with 120+ births per month)

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Sharon HarkeyTime to be a leader and push for charge pay!

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Karen KandraNurses need to become more empowered and stop second guessing themselves.

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Meg McDonough SerraroThe ones who "complain" but never are entrusted with the responsibility have no idea what this pressure/stress is like. SOOOO much easier to take your assignment and tune everything else out. Wish I could do that more than just once a week.

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Barbara Dee HughesShelly, you do a great job charging. Our permanent charge nurses should be paid A LOT more than they do. Also, relief charges should be compensated. It will not happen unless everyone refuses to do it.

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Frances Marrero-PerezI feel like you went into my brain and wrote down my thoughts. The darn push backs. I always want to hand them the keys to the kingdom and tell them if they can do better then to step right up, but I keep managing to bite my tongue.

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Путешествуем по мируbiggest travel fan right here

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Kersha SaldeenBeen there, done that! This is pretty much how I feel every time they make me relief charge...which is more and more frequently.

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Mary Ogle MasseiLove it Jen!

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My first time in the OR as a new grad, I was counting before surgery with one of my favorite scrub techs and I said forceps c teeth (instead of forceps WITH teeth). She looked at me like I was an idiot, but she patiently guided me every step of the way until I learned my way around the OR! Great surgical techs...they make us or break us ;)  Happy Surgical Scrub Tech Week!!!

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Debbie Williams♡ya Shelly...I didn't realize I looked at you like that lol! I remember that day well and it is funny looking back :-) but I'm glad I was able to guide you every step of the way! You are awesome!

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Sandy TurnerMan I wish I known this about 10hrs ago...I had knee replacement this morning and was still awake when they rolled me in the OR, I would wished the surgical techs a happy surgical tech week.

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Pam Jones-PigottThank you! I'm an L&D surgical tech, and I love what I do!

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Stephanie Noyes FurrThank you Charisma! We have a great team!

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Jacqueline SueColleen Dykhuizen ❤️ you taught me so much!

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Holly SkaletskySandra Fierro , Yuriko Krause thanks for all you!

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Charisma ClarkeWe ❤️you, Stephanie!!

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Elizeth MoralesWilfredo Barajas Youre awesome!!!

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Andrea HaglerI remember when I went back for my 4th and final C-section and the hospital was getting ready to open the new Women and children's(Ann Arbor, MI) building like a month after me being there. Those poor nurses were trying to find everything and it took them an extra 15min to prep the room. LOL! I just sat on the bed swinging my feet (freezing my butt off) while they laughed about hoping they that they'd find all the needed supplies and that everything in the new OR's were the opposite of what they were in there. :) Still makes me laugh thinking back. It was a fun memory for my last birth. :)

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Kayla SkinnerKandice Garza Laura Lopez Tracy Delgado 😘😘😘

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Jane PriceThank you for remembering....you're such a good nurse, such a great nurse....I only have great things to say about you and everyone I worked with that worked with you had the greatest things to say, you're a wonderful nurse. Obgyn

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Lisa LucasPenny Swanner Kristi Maner Bolin love and miss you guys!!! You two definitely got me through some rough times! 😁

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Debbie DarrI love our scrub techs -- they do so much more than surgery! They are the BEST! And I mean that!!! Thank you guys!

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Olga AjiruddinRona Phillips- thank you for always being there from day 1. Miss you 😊

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Norma OlaldeWe r so lucky to have u carnalito! To the #1 tech en el mundo Wilfredo Barajas. ☝🏼️

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Lauren BraunKaren Brusca Stacy Cocherell. Happy surgical scrub tech week... Love you guys!

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Monica MacDonaldI, too, was taught by wonderful Certified ORT, she took me under her wing. I was blessed because I felt I could handle most any C-section emergency! I love you Margaret Whitfield!!! She also taught me to enjoy life.

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Donna Fiorucci❤️🌟❤️

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Gee FikesBarbara Ivy.....show this to Chris

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Lisa ShallisSo TRUE!!!

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