I am currently very fortunate to have a fantastic administrator. He:
- shows up on the unit at least once a day. I have watched him answer a call light, walk a resident to the dining room and even toilet a resident (part of his A-I-T was to be a CNA).
- So far has showed up to every nurse and aide meeting I have given. I determine the agenda, I run the meeting and he sits down and shuts up. I've only seen him jump in if a question arises that's financial or to thank the staff for what they are doing. And he supplies food for all the meetings.
- When the two of us are called into a meeting with a family complaint he never throws my nursing staff under the bus. He seems to have a calming effect to an upset family members and is able to offer solutions that are reasonable. And again, he doesn't make us look bad while doing this.
- Is very supportive of me. He knows this is my first DON job and points out at least one thing each week that he thinks I have handled well. He seems more sure of me/my efforts than I am about myself. Maybe he is just a damn fool - haha.
- I have watched him deal with all department heads in the exact same manner that he deals with me. I see no favoritism.
- His word is his word...today, tomorrow, next week. Nice stable personality.
Unfortunately I have had plenty of bad administrators over the years too....
- The freak I just left recently that couldn't remember what she said/promised from one day to the other. Would tell you to do something one day and the next day be screaming at you in the hall for doing that very thing. Later apologize once she remembered. If this happened once I would gladly accept apology and move on but this was a weekly occurrence.
- The one that spent most of morning meeting talking about her psych issues and her counseling appointments. She was also the one that passed out right in the middle of stand up one day. We woke her up 3 times, she would start a sentence and pass right back out. We just got up and left. How do you take that seriously?
- The one who wanted to micro manage every staff members life. He was the only person in the whole facility allowed to approve a request day or vacation day off. The department heads weren't even allowed to determine this for their own staff. Also the one rumored to be having an affair with another staff, he then just flat out fired anyone that he thought was spreading this. After a couple of months of this, she turned up pregnant. He got fired and they both got a job together somewhere else...hmm
I could go on and on.