I recently started as a part of what seems to be a trial run for a unit manager position. I am currently a RN in a LTC setting, have been at this home for approximately 10 years. Initially I was supposed to be the only nurse manager and take on the role of what used to be the staff development coordinator but the position was dissolved to save money for the facility. Long story short, several people applied for this position and a few of the "favorites" applied and I think they didn't want to hurt anyones feelings, so they changed the entire thing into a 4 person "unit manager" positions and divide the building in half and two people are in charge of both sides.. well then one of them quit before we could even get any of them on the floor and we just decided at this time to keep it at 3. Let me note that we are the first ever to be unit managers and basically it went down like, "Okay, you guys are unit managers, congrats!" We had little to none guidance on what the hell we are even supposed to be doing technically, so I feel like a numb nut walking around the majority of my day aimlessly looking for something to do. Not to mention, one of us three was previously a shift supervisor and she basically is doing exactly what she wanted to do and sit behind the desk and fire out emails all shift, giving the rest of us a bad rep. But it's awfully embarrassing when staff you are supposed to be "managing" ask you what is even the purpose of the being a unit manager and you kind of have little to answer on it. Some think we're "management" and roll with the big dogs, but others just think we're "glorified floor nurses" with extra crap to deal with on our plate. It's just a bigggg flustercuck if you catch my drift. Keep in mind, I am a confident person and nurse, I've been one a while. But when I'm put into a what feels like a pretend position with no guidance, it's really hard for me to feel confident in what I am doing and I feel like that shows to others
ANYWAYS, has anyone ever been a unit manager? What duties did you have to do each day at work? I am just so lost right now that I basically am being told to create a job for myself with only floor nurse experience and then get told I'm doing a good job by my DON but the floor nurses basically hate us and think we're a joke.