I know exactly how you feel. I manage over 75 individuals including RN's, nursing assistants, and unit secretaries. I have been in my role for about a year and it has been very challenging. Unfortunately, I spend very little time at home due to the overwhelming needs of my staff. In any given week, I may spend 60+ hours at the hospital. Do anyone have ideas on consolidating the workload????
Oct 10, '02
Delegate what you can to subordinate supervisors. It will take work off you, and aid them in professional growth. I have seen many managers work themselves into the ground (and burnout) because they felt the need to control everything, and felt that they could not leave until the last thing was done. Trust those who work for you. They know their jobs.
Examine whether policies, either your own or the hospital's, are causing your staff to call upon you more than they reasonably should. If they are adequately trained, there is no reason they cannot make most decisions without calling you. In eight years of nursing, I have probably called my nurse manager at home five or six times.
Your job is not your life. The sun will still rise in the morning if every single piece of paper on your desk is not processed by the time you go home. Take some time for yourself and your family. If you do not, you will suffer both personally and professionally for it.
Last edit by Orca on Oct 10, '02