I have the upmost respect for you and would value your input. I recently changed paths. I was in CRNA school but decided it wasn't worth it for me. So now, I feel like the world is wide open for me and I can do anything.
I always have felt that my place would be in management/administration. I would like if you would kindly share with me your ways of climbing up the ladder and moving up. I only know ICU and only worked as a staff nurse. Never had the experience of being a charge nurse or anything else. How did you go about going from an RNs to a manager or a director?
Thank you in advance for all your input.
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If you have to ask the question "How did you go about going from an RNs to a manager or a director?" then you are not ready to do it. You should be aware of what you need to do. What qualifications, what experience, what skill set you require. Anything else and you are doing it on other people which will make you a bad manager.
Well said... I think that far too often a "good nurse" is assumed to be a "good leader" by non nurse admins... and that's not so much the truth.
Nursing management is ALL about mentoring others to lead (charge/supervisor role) and motivating others to grow. If you haven't experienced mentoring, it will be hard for you to practice and to teach. Mentoring others requires relationship building and social skills. Frequently a "strong nurse" is a very task oriented person who excels at the assigned tasks, but isn't necessarily strong in social skills. If you don't have strong social skills, you will very likely struggle as a manager. The days of the cold corporate nurse leader are over... building a positive rapport, despite giving them bad news regularly, is vital. Find a mentor and experience that side of it before you go trying to teach it.
Take a look at the Stephen Covey book "The Speed of Trust" and learn LOTS.
~ signed by a nurse leader with MSN in Leadership and 5+ yrs experience in leadership roles.
Last edit by IRF-Nurse on Jul 13, '13
: Reason: added book reference