Do you love your managers?

  1. I was just curious if anyone loves their managers? What are ur managers doing right that others are not?
  2. Visit NoeIssa profile page

    About NoeIssa

    Joined: Mar '07; Posts: 59; Likes: 12
    RN MedSurg/Tele
    Specialty: MedSurg/Tele


  3. by   rn undisclosed name
    I love my manager. I have only been at my job for 8 months and am actually on my second manager. She is much better than the previous manager.

    I'm not sure what I love about her. I can go to her and say anything. She goes out of her way to accomodate staff and is a pure dream to work for. A couple of weeks ago I was scheduled to work. My husband stayed home with my daughter to take her to the doctor and she couldn't go back to school the next day since she had to be on antibiotics for 24 hours before returning to school. I asked her if I could have the next day off and would work another day that week since they needed staffing. She let me do it. Granted I would've had to call off but this way I was giving them more notice and it worked out. I have never heard anyone say anything negative about her. Now my manager's manager is a whole different story but I won't go there. I took a weekend off (my weekend to work) after I had Lasik eye surgery and she never made me make up the weekend. Other managers would have made sure that the weekend was made up. Really, I could go on and on about her. There are several things that I wish I could change about how things run on my floor but as far as my manager goes she is a dream to work for and is trying to get things to run smoother but she's only been there for about 5 months.
  4. by   TazziRN
    Yes I do. She's supportive and stands up for her staff.
  5. by   miko014
    I may not love everything she does, but I know my manager will stand up for me. She is reliable and willing to help. I like that about her. She is one of the only managers in teh hospital you actually see doing pt care - she is always the charge RN for weekdays.

    My ANMs...well, they're okay. I mean, I don't hate them, but they're not nearly as reliable as my manager.
  6. by   grandee3
    Positive things about my manager:
    She is extremely knowledgeable with extensive ER/ICU background.
    She is mostly available when we need her.
    She believes in continued education and always has a few things in the works.
    She holds monthly staff meetings without fail.
    She works very hard and is open for suggestions (most of the time).

    Things I dislike about my manager:
    She hires just about everyone that walks thru the doors.
    She is budget fixated. We are short most of the time and staff retention is a huge problem.
    She has to be notified when we have a pt go bad, no matter what time it is. We cannot transfer pt until she gives the ok. If we keep pt and they become a 1:1 we have to deal with it, even when we have 6pts. and no nursing asst at night.

    And, the #1 reason I dislike my manager:
    She has no problem discussing issues with a staff member in front of everyone. She does not bring them into her office. It has been reported, and we were told she has been lectured by Admin. about this issue and even sent to a workshop on how to talk to her staff (behind closed doors).
  7. by   oramar
    I complain so much about managment that I fear sometimes people do think I hate them. The truth is in 40 years about one out of four managment person I have met have been terrific. Two out of four have been so, so but acceptable. Then there has been that one in four that has been a nightmare. That has been so consistent over the years I guess that is just how things go in the normal world. I just recently had one of the best ever. She went somewhere else and the person who replaced her seems to be so-so. However, just about every manager comes of as so-so after this gal that just left. I just adored her but the important thing was that I respected her.
  8. by   meandragonbrett
    More often than not, I'd like to drive mine off a cliff. Some unit managers are great, just not mine.
  9. by   Young Woman
    Hey i love my managers as well i have of them a male and female and other female co workers who i like as well
    I wish I can say yes, but the answer is NO! My nurse manager is very unprofessional and needs to be sent to management trainning. She talks about staffs private business to other staff members ( her favorite group). One just can't tell her their problem to request a day off or something. She calls the unit at 3am to gossip about other staff members. She has created a division among the staff members. I certainly do not like her
    Last edit by RNLULULABAMBA on Mar 22, '07
  11. by   hhrhrn41
    Rn LuLu....are you sure we don't have the same manager??!!:roll:roll:roll

    Positive things about my NM...
    1. The one thing she has actually taught me is how NOT to be a manager!!
    2. She is so disorganized that at times it is to our advantage ex. if I call off she forgets to write it in the call off log which means 1 less call off I am accountable for.

    Negative things .....
    1. I work brain injury rehab and we have pt staffing days which she attends.
    As a rule, she continually forgets to tell us important info that comes out of those meetings.
    2. NEVER,EVER helps with patient care. If a patient tells her they need to use the bathroom she comes to find one of "us".
    3. lacks communication skills and does not know how to professionally talk with family members. Have even had family members tell us this!!
    4.breaches staff's confidence on a DAILY basis
    5.continually screws up staff's paychecks ie...forgets to pay OT, Vac or sick time which means you have to wait till the next paycheck to get it corrected. a very dishonest person ie...will blame her own staff for a mistake that was completely her fault.
    7.walks right by our patients without taking that extra minute to say hello and how is your day today.
    8.tells "us" one story and her boss another story
    9. calls off or takes off at least once a week for things that would never be allowed for us.

    I think that's enough negatives for now....Can u guess what my answer is on whether or not I like my boss???:angryfire
  12. by   hanna-beacon
    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!
  13. by   NurseguyFL
    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
  14. by   oramar
    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.