ADON misleading title? Rant from DON - page 3

by americanTrain

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Iam currently the DON at a facilty with census of 62, I have only been there a little over 2 months. Never having been a DON before. We have a Tx nurse, PCC who does careplans, and a ADON. I was recently told that I could not... Read More


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    Thanks again, American.

    Think Tasha.org is now defunct. Nothing helpful there. The site is presently for sale.
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    Havin A Party: Try this site http://www.tahsa.org/html
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    Hello new DON! First, congratulations on your new position! Second, I have a fellow nurse pal who is also experiencing her first DON job at a small facility. Your description of seemingly endless DON tasks and mega work hours are very similar to the "war stories" my DON pal tells me. My DON pal says that when she first started this job she felt confident that she could stream line the tasks and gradually work fewer hours. Two years later my pal says that she is realizing that the very heavy work hours may be the norm for anyone in a DON position. Best wishes in your challenges!
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    Quote from VeronicaWileyRN
    I will tell you as a DON that has been fired a couple of times it makes it hard to find a job down the road. I do suggest you look for another position, because it sounds like the problems are just going to get worse. I would suggest that if you are going to stay get some friends there at the facility. Make friends with some CNAs and nurses. Use them to funnel you information. GOOD LUCK
    Just started reading this post again today. Sorry but that is really bad advice. Make friends with them so they will give you information about what other people are doing? How would that inspire trust or make any of the people there want to work for and with you? Just my opinion (but I've been doing this longer than most people here.)
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    Am Tr
    Try taking a deep breath, and prioritize. It sounds to me like you are in a reactive position rather than a proactive position. Forget politics, forget rumors, forget making friends (friends are for after work hours, not for work). Decide how you want this facility run and start running it that way. Make personal work related goals and see how you can introduce them. Ask your ADON and PCC to give you a list at the end of the day of what they have been busy with, I bet you will start seeing more productivity that way. I wouldnt ask your ADON if she is available, call her to a weekly meeting, and gently give her some added responsibilities as a challenge. Remember if she is an LVN she cant do some of the stuff you can.
    You sound dedicated, responsible and caring. As a DON you DO need a thick skin and forget winning any popularity contests. Keep records of all your conversations with your ADON and PCC.
    BTW as an ADON of a 200 bed facility I do 1) all the care plans 2) wound management 3) risk management 4) statistics 5) 50% of the Staff Development program 6) work hand in hand with my DON including weekly meetings where heaven help me if I would refuse to do something she asks!!! etc. etc.
    we do projects and themes together, help each other with paperwork etc.

    Good Luck!!
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    well, its done now. I decided I couldnt change anything, let alone get my own team to work
    on my side. I heard the celebration behind closed doors when I turned in my resignation.
    No one tried to talk me out of it, as a matter of fact, they already had someone lined up to take
    my place. The rumors were all true. see beginning of post. I feel as though I have lost all my faith
    in humanity. For the first time in my life, I really dont know what Iam going to do. I am considering
    giving up nursing altogether, but just keeping my license current. I have not told my family, because
    of the Holidays, but Iam so very depressed. I feel like a total failure. I wished I could have changed
    things, but I didnt see how when they had the administrator in their hip pocket. So sad...
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    Just wondering how you're doing. It's not easy having a horrible job,being a single parent, and dealing with the emotions that you feel when your husband leaves you. I have been there and I know just how you feel. I hope things are better for you now. Please give us an update and let us know how you are.
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    I found another job closer to home than the last one, pays 10,000/yr more than the last DON position I held. Who says you cant start over. In the last month, I have been settling in, its amazing the difference and cooperation I get here. There was definatly something wrong in that last facility, like I said, they just didnt want me there. Ive learned alot from that experience and moving forward. My ADM is great, she listens to me and is very easy to talk to. She holds the facility depts accountable, and doesnt take no crap when it comes to others not working together. THanks for asking. My husband and I are working things out.
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    Quote from americanTrain
    I found another job closer to home than the last one, pays 10,000/yr more than the last DON position I held. Who says you cant start over. In the last month, I have been settling in, its amazing the difference and cooperation I get here. There was definatly something wrong in that last facility, like I said, they just didnt want me there. Ive learned alot from that experience and moving forward. My ADM is great, she listens to me and is very easy to talk to. She holds the facility depts accountable, and doesnt take no crap when it comes to others not working together. THanks for asking. My husband and I are working things out.
    HOw is the job going now? 6 months have passed?Did it turn out to be a good decision? Your posts are very helpful, I am in my first DNS job, facing a lot of the same similiart behaviors from staff. Interesting, I think I have figured out what I should do...Thanks for the posts, helpful to see it from another side!


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