If you were a manager what things would you change?

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    If you had the authority to manage your unit, what would you change and what would you keep in place?
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    I would staff appropriately.
    GM2RN, nrsang97, ChristineN, and 5 others like this.
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    I would have stricter "on call" policies, better staffing, and would be sure everyone had a lunch break no matter what.
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    I had a short stint as a manager. I had all of these aspirations of making it easier and safer for nurses and patients with appropriate staffing.Impossible. Just when you think it's your managers fault its not. It's way upper management telling you " no way, that's not in the budget, here is your ratio"6 months and that was enough frustration for me. I tried to make it better, the CEO hated me for it and finally found a reason to fire me.
    Lev <3, CrufflerJJ, SandraCVRN, and 6 others like this.
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    Respect the staff, never curse at or snap my fingers at staff. Not play favorites. Apply same rules to everyone.
    SandraCVRN, KelRN215, and tokmom like this.
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    I would improve communication between management and staff.
    whichone'spink and tokmom like this.
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    Quote from MomRN0913
    I had a short stint as a manager. I had all of these aspirations of making it easier and safer for nurses and patients with appropriate staffing.Impossible. Just when you think it's your managers fault its not. It's way upper management telling you " no way, that's not in the budget, here is your ratio"6 months and that was enough frustration for me. I tried to make it better, the CEO hated me for it and finally found a reason to fire me.
    Ain't that the truth! Everyone should have to do a 6 month stint in management. Only then should they be allowed to gripe. You have no idea how hard management is until you've tried it.
    tokmom, itsmejuli, and RNsRWe like this.
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    Quote from beeker
    I would staff appropriately.
    You're fired. And since you aren't in the union anymore, you can't do anything about it.

    Needless to say, I'll never ever be a nurse manager.
    ChristineN likes this.
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    I have been a manager for 7 out of my 11 years as a nurse. I am currently responsible for approximately 60 people. There are always budgetary and regulatory constraints, but there is a lot that you can do to make things better. It is not for the faint of heart however.
    tokmom likes this.
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    I wouldn't take a patients word over the nurse. I understand the NM has to "save face" and make the patient and family feel better. But do not ever come to me after Ive been busting my ass for hours and ask me if I've seen the patient more than once in a 12 hour shift.
    tokmom, nrsang97, and iluvivt like this.


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