I am a staff RN in a CCU who is working on an MSN in Nurse Leadership. I plan to go into management one day, and would like your opinions on how long I should be a bedside nurse before taking the leap. I had an interview (for school) with the CNO today, and she said that it would really be more when I felt ready than an actual set time period. I have been a nurse since June 2004, and have worked in several different units. I told the CNO that I would like to start on a tele/stepdown unit and then one day manage an ICU. There is actually an opening now for a nurse manager on the tele/cardio stepdown unit at my facility, and the CNO told me I should talk to my manager to explore what he thinks my strengths are, etc. and if he thinks I may be ready sometime sooner than I thought.
Do you have any suggestions for how long I need to work in the ICU before going into management? Any advice is welcome.
Apr 1, '07
It's very hard to say without knowing what your strengths and weaknesses are. How long have you been in the CCU? I have you functioned in a charge position before?