Originally posted by Lburns:
In this changing environment, I am wondering what you think are the most important things a nurse manager can do to help make your jobs more satisfactory.
My suggestions are very simple.
1. Realistic staffing based on patient acuity.
2. Coverage so staff can have their break/meal.
3. Performance-based raises in addition to cost-of-living raises.
4. Adjust salaries of staff to reflect the salaries new hires are receiving.
5. Advocate for tuition/seminar reimbursement.
6. Be visible on the floor, be supportive, be fair.
7. Walk the walk, don't just talk the talk.
8. Go the extra mile -- when an employee goes above & beyond -- send a letter to that employee with a copy to their file.
9. Let staff know of changes that affect them -- give them a say when possible.
10. Pitch in occasionally.
11. When there is a snowstorm, etc. -- come in to work and be a leader.
12. Show them that you stand behind them. A loyal manager will have loyal employees. A great manager will not have huge turnover. Actions speak louder than words. Think about it.
Best of luck to you.
[This message has been edited by susanmary (edited March 06, 2001).]