nursing_06 569 Views
Joined Sep 1, '12.
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I float from unit to unit wing to wing I often get an upset family member/s about something I have no idea about. I think that I'm really good at listening to residents and families concerns and communicating their concerns to the aides and UM and other staff. And I always communicate to the family what I have done about their concern and then next time I work with family I follow up.
I also love to show my aides appreciation. I have on the occassion offered to get them their drink of choice DD or order pizza, bring in goodies, just thanked them for doing VS and reporting them to me, I thank them for having a resident ready for a treatment that needs to be done. I have nominated my C.N.As for caring awards and 2 of them won for giving exceptional care.
And because I float I often get the patients from other units asking me why I'm not working on their floor today...which makes me think I am good at what I do and they trust me.
I worked at a residential care as the director in brain injury facility and the residents adopted a house cat for our unit and named her.....they loved having her....she slept in all their beds like goldy locks and was patted often. There's nothing more homelike then having a pet. I personally have 4 a dog 2 cats and a newborn 3 day old kitten....my dog visits were I work now on a daily basis the residents enjoy pets and they may not remember the care needs of the pet ie litter boxes walks food but as staff we are there to assist with improving the quality of life if someone loves a pet that can do the trick helps with depression.
I admire what you said in your post.... I was a manager of a SNF and residential care unit with frequent interviewing, not because we had a lot of turnover but we had a lot of our cna's and Crma's go to nursing school or rehab OT PT or new hires would find that it wasn't their "cup of tea" I have been with my company 10+ yrs but moved from a different state so I transferred...almost 4 yrs spent in management of brain injury facility... I had a variety come in and interview that had no idea what we did at our facility...we specialized in head trauma and rehab. I had spent the time training staff that didn't understand head injury, the behaviors related to frontal lobe damage and the trauma the residents had happen to them, for them to quit or not show up for orientation after brain injury 101 was discussed..understandably head injuried residents can be very difficult and it can be scarey to some but why would you apply if it wasn't for you....?
Anyway I definately agree that it is wasting a managers time.... I really take pride in my work and my team.....even if I decided to no longer manage and just lead. I missed the patient interactions and the clinical aspect of nursing. And not so much the 6 hrs a day in meetings. But I know now what a manger does and have done it, I respect the role more and as a floor nurse, leaders are needed to hold a team together. So yes there are many applications that will come across your desk....and many will not make it through your doors...keep in mind the culture of your facility when interviewing candidates too. Will they fit into the team that is present?? I would pre interview over the phone prior to scheduling candidates I thought would fit...I also believe you can put a lot on paper to make you sound like a good candidate but can turn out to be "your problem child". Job hoping isn't always a bad thing or periods without work, some of those candiates became my best employees. Ie took care of loved one, inspired them to be a nurse. Worked at a department / food store, customer service oriented, problem solvers. Those are things I learned. Wish you the best :-)
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