Well... The interview went well. But.....
I first met with 3 of the current nurse educators. It was strange because even though they were very delightful people, they talked like the position I would be filling was a depressing one. We talked about what my responsibilities would be. The sheer number of responsibilities seemed absurd. It seemed like I would be responsible for what 4 people should be responsible for. And it seemed as if they knew that. The current nurse educator that I would be replacing said she was resigning because she couldn't handle the stress and all the responsibility anymore. She told me in the interview that there are some days that she leaves in tears. She said she is pulled in a million directions by multiple directors. They told me about all of my responsibilities because they said they wanted me to know what I was getting into. :uhoh21: They said they hoped that the new nurse educator could reshape to position for the better. ??
I would be responsible for 8 units. I would have to educate employees on new policies, procedures, and equipment (obviously). Teach CPR classes for all staff, teach computer classes, teach new employees how to learn the computer charting system, Teach new employee orientation, follow all new grads throughout their transition and meet with each new grad and their preceptor once a week, organize clinical rotations for nursing schools
(there are 8 schools in our area), do chart reviews on every death in the hospital, check staff off on yearly competencies, visit each unit daily to make sure educational needs are being met (my units are split between my hospital and our sister hospital 10 miles away). Prepare staff for the upcoming Joint Commission visit. Hmm that is all I can think of off the top of my head.
Seems like a lot huh? That is why the current nurse educator is leaving. She is the third educator to leave in 2 years.
I met with the directors after my meeting with the educators. They just drilled me like any other interviewer would. They talked a lot about how they want the new educator out on the floor more. Not hiding in their office.
So after the interviews I went and found a nurse that used to work on my floor and left to become an educator. She quit after 1.5 years. She told me to run away, run far far away. She said they expect way to much and I didn't need to even get involved with it.
Sooo maybe I need to rethink this. Not only is the turn over rate high, but even the educators are telling me to think carefully..
I don't think I want to leave the bedside for something like this....