Just wondering if anyone has any advice on how to get into a nursing management role. I have been a nurse for 3 years and would like to start off as a supervisor, but am wondering what is the easiest way to obtain this role without supervisory experience? My 3 years of nursing have been critical care and I am currently enrolled in a masters program (I have my BSN). I have never been a charge nurse as that opportunity has never presented itself at the places I've worked.
Are there any places that are relatively easy to obtain a superviosr role in when just starting out? (such as long term care?) any advice would be greatly appreciated. I don't really know of any influential people so trying to network my way into a position probably won't work for me.
Jun 10, '11
"I was going to suggest a nursing home as well. At least locally it's rather common for new graduate RNs, especially BSNs, to get managerial positions in nursing homes. If not managerial, then they're at least supervisory and seldom deal directly with patients."
This is not true. Nurse managers/Charge nurses DO deal directly with patients and their families in LTC. In LTC there is no such thing as staying solely in one role. You jump all over the place. In LTC it is YOUR job to know every single resident in detail, to have them know and trust you to come to when they need something. You make rounds twice a day (or you should) and at least check in with each person in YOUR care.
Sure is true that until you walk a mile in someone's shoes you don't know what their life is like!
Last edit by NamasteNurse on Jun 10, '11
: Reason: needed to put the first paragraph in quotes from another poster