I was just hired for an ADON position (I am an RN/BSN) at a 100-bed LTC facility. It has been a failing facility on the verge of being shut down for the past several years. They have just had a complete turn-over in administration and the current team is re-hiring their team members and trying to turn the place around. I will be the unit manager over the acute care wing. The reason I took the job is that I love a challenge and this seems to be a big one. But, the administration is fairly young, energetic, and seems to have a hard-working and positive attitude. I am REALLY looking forward to this challenge. I am coming from an ICU background. I am fairly young and new to LTC...but I do have lots of energy and am excited about this position.
I wanted to ask for some practical and specific advice on how to quickly get some momentum going and energize my unit. How can we get the staff to feel that "the train" to a high-quality, patient-centered, LTC center of excellence is "leaving the station?" All aboard! I am wanting to really create a since of positive energy on my unit. How can I do this from the first day I arrive on the unit?
Thanks in advance!