help re: paper on management transitions

  1. Basically, my group's topic is leadership transition for nurses and the benefits and/or weaknesses of training or lack of training to make this transition.

    What usually happens is a clinical floor nurse shows great leadership skills and clinical expertise that the faculty decide to promote this nurse to a management type of role without any formal training. Obviously this causes a period of "learning" for the nurse to switch from a clinical bedside role to a management role. It can be even more difficult when floor nurses have never been introduced to topics like budgeting for the unit, hiring/firing, and measuring quality control.

    My section of the paper is called an "action item" where by I have decided to find a few nurses in the community who have experienced this transition and give details about their own experiences, making the current trend by health care organizations known.

    I was hoping anyone could help me and qucikly answer a few questions for me (2-3 sentences at most, if that) and if you wouldn't mind me using your experiences in my paper?? Obviously it will be anonymous. I'm just looking to see what is the current trend of the nursing community regarding support or lack of for transitioning roles within the same organization.

    The questions basically are:

    1. What type of health care organization are you employed?

    2. What transitional role did you go from and into?

    3. Was there a leadership or management training provided for you (maybe a pamphlet and no formal training, formal classes, or shadowing another manager prior to pormotion)?

    4. if there was no formal training, what did you struggle with most (budgeting, staffing, audits, communication, repriimanding, etc?)?

    5. If there was formal training, what do you think was left out of the training, if anything?

    5. if there was or was not training invovled, what would you have liked to have been trained in now that you hold the leadership position, having hindsight?

    6. Do you think this is an issue for nursing: promoting bedside nurses to leadership roles without training?

    If you fit the description and could breifly answer these questions I would be soooooo grateful. If you would like to answer them privately, my email is

    Thank You!
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  3. by   llg
    I am not someone who has experienced that transition. So, I can't be your research subject. However, I do want to welcome you to allnurses -- and to compliment you on your fine post.

    So often, students ask for help on projects such as yours without giving enough information. The post doesn't make sense. We have to ask them to explain more, etc. You did a great job of explaining your situation and what you need. Thank you for that.

    I look forward to seeing future posts from you as you join in some of our discussions.

  4. by   nurseprnRN
    i'm of two minds about this. one is that if you think you have a leadership role in your future, you should take the initiative to treat yourself to some ce on these topics so you're ready when they ask you. it's your responsibility to prepare yourself for new roles and challenges. unless, of course, you don't.

    the other is that if you didn't, and you get offered one, you should ask that the employer send you to some before you assume full responsibility. if they refuse, you can always say you don't feel prepared for the job (reference the job description--- they did give one, right?) but that you are please to have been thought so well-of, and will think about preparing yourself to take this role in the future.
  5. by   sandanrnstudent
    I hope you get answers on this forum because I am highly interested in this issue seeing that I want to (someday) work in management. I have great leadership potential and a nack for learning new things and getting things organized done correctly, on time, and above what is expected!

    I hope people will share for us all to learn.

    Thank you,