I am a new RN (within the past 6 months) and I work at a long term care facility in a small town. I worked there as an LPN while I was in school and when I graduated the ADON position became open and I took it. My biggest struggle taking on this job has been the transition. I was always a supervisor to the nurse aides when I worked the floor but now I'm also the supervisor to the nurses. My boss tells me I'm a very strong supervisor and my supervisory skills are good but I can't help to feel like I'm inadequate. I question myself A LOT. Does it ever get better? It's difficult for me too because a lot of the nurses I supervise I used to work with on the floor. Some are disrespectful to me and I'm always afraid of saying the wrong thing and it not being professional. What is the best way to handle those situations? Some days are good for me and others are horrible. There are many days I think about looking for another job. Any DON's or ADON's out there that can give me some advice or a little encouragement. It's very difficult for me when I walk into the break room and everyone gets silent. You automatically know they're talking about you. It's very hurtful.
I never realized how mean and malicious staff were to their bosses until I became one. Before this job I would have never spoke to any of my bosses the way some of my staff do me. I feel like I'm stern in some situations and I handle it well but there are some where I'm just speechless by their behavior in general. I literally have to bite my tongue on a daily basis. Any help out there?
Thanks to everyone for all the feedback. I truly appreciate it and some comments really lifted my spirits. I know I have a great opportunity and I plan to stick with it after hearing from all of you. Days will be hard but that is part of it I suppose. I'll keep you all update on my journeys ahead in this new job! Thanks again to all.
Last edit by gerRN23 on May 31, '12
: Reason: My previous post wasnt long enough