Do you love your managers? - page 2

I was just curious if anyone loves their managers? What are ur managers doing right that others are not?... Read More

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    My manager is just brilliant! She's very fair and approachable. She's driven by her staff and patient care and not by budgets and targets.

    Our ward is very well run and we have great communication with her and each other. She is also a very good judge of character. This ward opened as a new unit 6 months ago and she interviewed all of us. Its quite evident that she handpicked a team of really great nurses, we all work hard and well together and as yet there hasn't been any disputes or ********.

    She also grafts with the rest of us! She isn't afraid to get her hands dirty and will often stay late. When we forst opened she was working 13-14 hour shifts 5 days a week. I'm very lucky to have her as a ward manager, and I guess I could call her a mentor too, as I feel I can ask her anything, and she is very encouraging.

    I've had bad managers too though. My last ward had 2 managers, one of them came across as being slightly racist (not to me) and the other did nothing but sit on her big bum all day. The whole management in that place was bad though, I'm sure the director of nursing was a witch in her spare time!

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    When I first started working as a nurse, the manager who hired me was just the best. There wasn't a nurse in that entire unit who didn't like her, and our unit was tight and very well run. When the floor got real busy she would walk around and help out with patient care, passing meds, etc. Because she was so accommodating, there wasn't one favor she would ask that the staff wouldn't do. Morale was great, and we never had staffing issues because people were always willing to come in to work extra. That lady was one really awesome boss. Always went to bat for her nurses.

    Unfortunately, due to some pretty nasty politics, higher management forced her out of the position and brought in a new manager who, I genuinely believe, is possessed by the Devil. This woman was so nasty and despicable that most of the nurses eventually left. Everyone knew that she got the position because of a 'relationship' she had with one of the medical directors. She had no respect for any of us and told us straight out in a staff meeting that if we don't like the changes she's going to be making she would be happy to accept our resignations. She began messing with the schedules, cancelling people's vacations, writing up people if they called in because their kids were sick, telling people she would no longer consider their scheduling requests to accommodate school, etc. Then she fired the assistant nurse manager and brought in her friend, who walked the floors all day long looking for every little excuse to write up any nurse she didn't like.

    Things got pretty bad real quick, and she lost a whole group of really good nurses. I heard that was her strategy anyway because she figured her budget would look much better if she hired all new grads and pay them salaries at the lowest end of the scale. She didn't like men and she was also a racist, and from the people she targeted for the ridiculous write-ups it was obvious that she was cleaning house.

    Couldn't get out of that place fast enough!
    Last edit by NurseguyFL on Mar 22, '07
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    Quote from NurseguyFL
    Things got pretty bad real quick, and she lost a whole group of really good nurses. I heard that was her strategy anyway because she figured her budget would look much better if she hired all new grads and pay them salaries at the lowest end of the scale.
    Couldn't get out of that place fast enough!
    If you told all those politicians and journalist that go on about the nursing shortage that experienced nurses are frequently run off because they are considered expensive they would say it was insane. It is insane but it happens all the time. You see, a manager is so frequently judged by one criteria and that is whether they come in under budget. Budget is what is on their mind, not much else.
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    I in a new hospital in a new state with , obviously, a new manager. I think my manager has helped the unit I work on in many ways but I do not feel she will stick up for me. Maybe this feeling will change as I work here longer.
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    I got to tell ya, I love both my direct supervisors! We are able to talk to them about anything without the worry of their reactions. My supervisor actually called me when I was sick for a whole week to check and see if she could do anything for me!!!!! This is the only job i've had where I can say honestly that I LOVE MY SUPERVISOR!!!!!!!! She understands I have a family and that THEY come first. I'm blessed to be where I am.
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    how about highly respect and fear

    helps out with bells and whatnot
    sticks up for her nurses

    could be a lot worse
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    A manager is what can make or break a unit at any time. Remember anyone can be a manager but not everyone can be a "leader". Fortunately I love the management in the facility I am at. We also have several other clinics in our area where management stinks but I was fortunate to be in the clinic that has a good one. She's on top of things and is right there when we need her. She also backs us when we are in the right. Now if your in the "wrong", then you better be ready to cover your arse too.
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    I hate my manager and her manager too. If i had to say one good thing about her its that I work nights and dont have to see her a lot. (But that doesnt stop her from calling me on my day off after I just worked 3 days straight and trying to sleep):angryfire
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    My manager is awesome! She's only 26, but she has ICU/ER experience and is very professional. She is currently getting her MSN/MBA. Sometimes other nurses criticize her, but she has been nothing but there for me. She let me do weekend option even though I hadn't been there for a year... and she's been very flexible with my school schedule. She told me, "School is your number one priority." How amazing is that!
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    In 15 years of nursing, I've had some terrific managers. Only one manager did I not like and in retrospect, it was because our personalities just didn't mesh.

    Now, as an APN, I don't really have a manager per se. I just report to the docs and if they are unhappy with my decision, we discuss it and go from there. Much different than nursing.

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