Motivation for Head Nurse?

  1. If you are a Head Nurse,what were your motivations for becoming one?
    And for any one ,what are good motivations for wanting to be a Head Nurse and what are some bad ones?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   fergus51
    Good motivations: a desire to improve your workplace and share your knowledge with and support your colleagues.

    Bad motivations: more money, or just for the better hours (our charge nurses schedules are pretty nice).
  4. by   ohbet
    fergus,
    All HN's should have such good motivations.
    And fergus do you think to many are in it for those bad motivations you indicated?
  5. by   fedupnurse
    I considered taking the NM spot about 5 years ago. I KNEW I could make a difference but I also was smart enough to mknow that administration wouldn't let me. It is all about the bottom line with those people. A manager can have a fantastic track record at other facilities but is only as good as their superiors allow them to be. I have even said to my current and the last NM I had, I have no doubt you could do a great job here but I know you won't be permitted to by those above you. I would never take a NM or ANM position in any hospital near where I live because of the money focused vision of administration. It is sad because there are so many good managers out there that are true leaders and their talents are being stiffled.
  6. by   catlady
    I became a unit manager because I wanted to have my work taken seriously, and have it make a difference. I didn't get that working agency, no matter how hard I tried--nobody takes agency nurses seriously. But the job was too frustrating, mostly due to the front office.
  7. by   fergus51
    Originally posted by ohbet
    fergus,
    All HN's should have such good motivations.
    And fergus do you think to many are in it for those bad motivations you indicated?
    I think a lot are in it for the bad motivations and it has a bad impact on the whole unit. Fortunately we currently have an excellent head nurse (but we call them patient care coordinators) who is fair, supportive and assertive when she needs to be. She is an absolute gem!:kiss

    Our positions are usually granted on seniority (all qualifications being equal) and so we sometimes get the old tired gals who just want to get out of the twelve hour shifts and completely forget what it was like to work the floor.
    Last edit by fergus51 on May 16, '02

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