New DON

  1. I am 53 years old and have been in the nursing field a long time. I began as a CNA, then LPN, now an RN. I have lots of different experience. Although I have all this experience I feel very over whelmed as a Director. I have been in this position for over 2 months now. Do I have any advice out there? The past 2 months I have concentrated on building my staff.
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  2. 4 Comments

  3. by   augigi
    What specifically are you having trouble with? Any new role has a transition and learning period. If you can be more specific, someone may have some advice.
  4. by   Tweety
    Good luck! Welcome to Allnurses!
  5. by   bethin
    Welcome to Allnurses! Maybe hold a staff meeting meet & greet with everyone bringing in their ideas? I always enjoyed working with superiors who have been in my place (CNA). I don't have to explain things to them - they already know it.

    Good luck!
  6. by   jesusgirls
    I guess my biggest problem at the present is I don't want to be a micro manger and I believe in the chain of command. Instead of the charge nurses managing their unit they are more interested in pushing the med cart. I ve being working for 2 months on the same problems. Examples. taking the hampers to laundry after their rounds, keeping ice on the thickened liquids, keeping the call light within reach, ice pitchers within reach. I feel like I am still on first base.

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