I am trying to find a way to express this concern without sounding critical. So well, here it goes...
How come it seems as if so many nurse managers are randomly selected as managers with no formal education or experience? I have witnessed this phenomenon in two totally different places... where they just promote well liked RNs who have been at the bedside for a number of years (and been in charge) to management positions. I know that those of you who have the requisite experience are *awesome*... it's just that those who don't are at best a crap shoot and at worst quite incompetent.
Again, I hope I didn't offend anyone it's just that you would think that they would hold management to the same rigor as the other employees. A nurse can't just start on a unit with no training or orientation and be expected to do a good job, can she?
I believe what nursing needs is more LEADERS and less MANAGERS.
Nurses have been managed to death.
Nurses are professionals, who need support and understanding and above all, quality workkplaces to practice in.
Having supplies in place is vital to patient care, having a schedule out on time is great, knowing someone is leading you that you can count on to be on your side (nursing), who will stand up when nursing needs someone is LEADERSHIP.
I would much rather be called a nurse leader than a nurse manager.
I wish I could agree with you. Unfortunately, I don't beleive nursing has been managed enough. I have worked with managers who stand up for their nurses, are excellent communicators and work hard at maintaining a positive atmosphere, yet I left because I could not do my job for lack of organization, lack of supplies, inconsistent expectations, and overall poor unit management. I liked her and believed that she was a truly a leader and genuinely cared for her staff but at the end of the day, I really wanted to get home on time. I'll happily take the manager who has consistent, clear expectations and holds staff accountable, who knows how and when to confront, and runs an efficent and well-organized unit. I want a manager that I can respect.
Last edit by mydesygn on Sep 5, '05