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CP - Hands down, you have to be the best author on the board (and we are fortunate to have some really great authors!).
I'm a DON in LTC and admittedly I struggle with your article and the own self reflection it brings. I didn't just land in this management seat. It took 25 years to get here starting with a nurses aide to LPN to RN to management to DON. I don't disagree with anything you've said but I do wish to point out that most nurse managers have little to nothing to do with the patient care ratios. In fact most are told (at least in my world) "Here is your staffing budget. Make it work or we will find someone who can". I make it work because I still firmly believe that despite questionable staffing ratios, I still have a lot to offer the staff in terms of understanding their struggles as well as offering a hand. I like to think of myself as the kind of manager lucky enough to have staff that wants to be on my team - and this was recently validated when many moved with me to my job.
Shamefully? I have planned the catered in lunch as you describe for later in the week. I debated doing this but as a manager I feel like damned if I do and damned if I don't. As surely as there will be those that will scorn my attempts, there would be those that would scorn me if I made no attempt at all. What is a manager to do!? It really becomes a no win situation....but for those that come and choose to enjoy - I have great food planned (once in afternoon and again at night time shift change).
To stop babbling now, I'd just like to say....I can't wait for these kids to get out of college so I can just return to the ranks of an Indian and give up the chief job. Most days it seems I get no thanks at all.
I totally agree with you as a director I am middle management. I am given my staffing numbers and expected to stay within those numbers. If I am over I must surrender my first born. Management is a thankless job and so is nursing. So why have I done it for 30yrs? Because I love being a nurse. I am a professional and don't need someone to pay homage to me. My thanks is a patient that smiles or get them over that hump. It's why I am a nurse. Why is it we expect the world? We shouldn't I am sure most people in most jobs aren't thanked for everything. Yes we are not always treated well but again no different then any other profession. We need to be a professional and figure out why we are in it. So what did I get for nurses week? Nothing and could care less!