Resigned Nurse Manager position today...

  1. and boy do I feel 100% relieved! I have been toying with the idea for a few months now. I have been a Clinical Nurse Manager for 9 months now at a LTC and boy does it suck! I am responsible for everything the nurses DONT DO! I have been a nurse for 2 years now and I am going to be doing agency work for acute care for now. I work already with an agency every other w/e to keep up with the acute care skills. The hours I work at this LTC are endless, 12, 14, 16 hour days and only get paid for 75 hours q2 weeks. You never see the ADON or the DON out of their office, all they do is DELEGATE EVERYTHING to the clinicals! I&A's never get put to rest, I give them to the ADON and she just hands them back with sticky notes on who to track down for statements, instead of her doing it, like at my old facility. EVERY single investigation the clinicals have to do and bring back a report so the ADON can type it. Every res. who is on report in the AM, the clinicals have to bring chart to AM report. The clinicals have to interview new hires, the clinicals have to make sure all MARS and TARS are signed, and the list is ENDLESS! I don't dare delegate to my nurses because they are so taxed already! I am in endless meetings and the only time I can do care plans are on my time in the evening. I just want 3 12 hour shifts, go home and not have to be responsible for a unit 24/7.
    Sorry for rant, but I am relieved! We have 35 nursing vacancies at my facility, and everyone is sick to death about being mandated and everyone wants to quit!
    Sorry but LTC sucks for these residents and it isnt fair!

    MrsStraty
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   Tweety
    Definately sounds like you made a good decision. Good luck in all you do!
  4. by   muffie
    good luck in the other job
  5. by   CHATSDALE
    fly with the wings of angels...you made a smart decision
  6. by   night owl
    :icon_hug: I'm happy for you too. Best wishes!
  7. by   MrsStraty
    Oh Thank you thank you! My shoulders have instantly stopped hurting. I feel it was the right decision, although I feel bad for my residents, all of whom I know adore me and think I am the best thing that has happened to the unit.......BUT......you all know the real deal. Need I say that this facility has been through 6 administrators in 3 years......2 since I've been there....9 months! They need to revamp the DON and ADON but why don't they see that? Nurse Managers.......they can't keep them either, or the staff nurses.
    Yup I'm out!

    MrsStraty
  8. by   banditrn
    Mrs. - good luck to you!! Will the DON & ADON have to actually get out of their offices now?

    I decided to add a note - I came to my present facility because they had a good rep, and I hated the last one I worked for.

    Just before I came, this facility got a new DON - and I'm seeing problems caused by some of her attitudes. She can be very arrogant and demeaning - she hasn't been to me - I'd walk out if she tried it. But she changes schedules without asking people - she did that to me 1 time, I called her and told her NOPE - if you want me to pick up a day, you have to call first. But no one else will do that - they're afraid of her or something - and put up with all that bull, plus other kinds.

    Some of the nurses are quitting, and several CNA's have gone elsewhere. They just keep increasing the patient load without increasing staff - yet the DON and ADON do nothing to help.

    This LTC is going to heck and it's too bad.
    Last edit by banditrn on Mar 15, '07
  9. by   Gromit
    Hey, if it feels THAT good, you KNOW you made the right move. No two ways about it.
    I wish you luck in your next job.
  10. by   brendamyheart
    Quote from MrsStraty
    and boy do I feel 100% relieved! I have been toying with the idea for a few months now. I have been a Clinical Nurse Manager for 9 months now at a LTC and boy does it suck! I am responsible for everything the nurses DONT DO! I have been a nurse for 2 years now and I am going to be doing agency work for acute care for now. I work already with an agency every other w/e to keep up with the acute care skills. The hours I work at this LTC are endless, 12, 14, 16 hour days and only get paid for 75 hours q2 weeks. You never see the ADON or the DON out of their office, all they do is DELEGATE EVERYTHING to the clinicals! I&A's never get put to rest, I give them to the ADON and she just hands them back with sticky notes on who to track down for statements, instead of her doing it, like at my old facility. EVERY single investigation the clinicals have to do and bring back a report so the ADON can type it. Every res. who is on report in the AM, the clinicals have to bring chart to AM report. The clinicals have to interview new hires, the clinicals have to make sure all MARS and TARS are signed, and the list is ENDLESS! I don't dare delegate to my nurses because they are so taxed already! I am in endless meetings and the only time I can do care plans are on my time in the evening. I just want 3 12 hour shifts, go home and not have to be responsible for a unit 24/7.
    Sorry for rant, but I am relieved! We have 35 nursing vacancies at my facility, and everyone is sick to death about being mandated and everyone wants to quit!
    Sorry but LTC sucks for these residents and it isnt fair!

    MrsStraty
    Good for you! Same problem with me. Run around and meet myself coming while The DON reads the newspaper!!:angryfire :angryfire :angryfire
  11. by   MS._Jen_RN
    Good Luck!- Do the happy dance. .
    And have one for me!:biere:
    ~Jen
  12. by   linzz
    I don't blame you. Sounds like you made the right decision for your sanity.
  13. by   cappuccino
    Good Luck. I'm on the verge of making a change because of similar issues. So I can definitely relate to what you're saying...............
  14. by   sayitgirl
    Quote from MrsStraty
    and boy do I feel 100% relieved! I have been toying with the idea for a few months now. I have been a Clinical Nurse Manager for 9 months now at a LTC and boy does it suck! I am responsible for everything the nurses DONT DO! I have been a nurse for 2 years now and I am going to be doing agency work for acute care for now. I work already with an agency every other w/e to keep up with the acute care skills. The hours I work at this LTC are endless, 12, 14, 16 hour days and only get paid for 75 hours q2 weeks. You never see the ADON or the DON out of their office, all they do is DELEGATE EVERYTHING to the clinicals! I&A's never get put to rest, I give them to the ADON and she just hands them back with sticky notes on who to track down for statements, instead of her doing it, like at my old facility. EVERY single investigation the clinicals have to do and bring back a report so the ADON can type it. Every res. who is on report in the AM, the clinicals have to bring chart to AM report. The clinicals have to interview new hires, the clinicals have to make sure all MARS and TARS are signed, and the list is ENDLESS! I don't dare delegate to my nurses because they are so taxed already! I am in endless meetings and the only time I can do care plans are on my time in the evening. I just want 3 12 hour shifts, go home and not have to be responsible for a unit 24/7.
    Sorry for rant, but I am relieved! We have 35 nursing vacancies at my facility, and everyone is sick to death about being mandated and everyone wants to quit!
    Sorry but LTC sucks for these residents and it isnt fair!

    MrsStraty
    I have worked at this facility for the past six months and seen three unit managers come and go. They have asked me a couple of times to consider changing from charge nurse on evenings to the position. I thought about all the things that you mentioned in your quote above. And I knew that the best thing for me and my sanity was to remain on the shift I am on and go home at the end of my eight hours. What makes the unit manager position there worse than yours is that the manager has to work a cart when they are short.
    So many jobs for the same salary. No overtime. And no thanks.
    I will keep my staff nurse positon and be happy while I am driving home at 11:30pm
    Last edit by sayitgirl on Apr 25, '07

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