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hi i just accepted a position in LTC as a "director of care delivery, i was told i will be the unit manager so i guess its all the same thing really, the scary thing for me is that i have only been out of school for a year and a half and have no management experience. i do however have 9 yrs experience total in healthcare. i think its an amazing oppurtunity so early in my career so i took it, i am working on my bsn online as well so... any advice for me? am i in over my head haha? i am 29 and i like to get along with everyone i work with so being in charge will be a challenge i guess
lssrd7, congrats on the new position. I will tell you that in my first position supervising employees it was definitely a learning experience, sorta 'trial by fire'. You will not be able to please everyone and you sometimes will not get along with everyone. It is important to remember that you are there to do a job and to do it to the best of your ability. I found that being as honest as possible with my team and letting them know that I was there for them, to guide them and assist whenever needed, let them see that I wouldn't ask them to do something that I, myself wouldn't do. Even then....there will be someone that gets upset with you about a decision that you have made. It is difficult sometimes to balance the line of standing your ground but also being open to others ideas and suggestions. Obviously you have some qualities that your employer thinks will be an asset to your facility. Good luck!
thanks for the feed back, i think i have what it takes...along with a prescription for xanax i should be fine hahaha, i guess i just need to accept the fact that i can't please everyone, and as long as i keep the residents number one it will be fine, again thank you and good luck in all you do.
Trying to please people is an impossible task! I have found that just being in a charge position that I suddenly am out of the loop and considered "one of them"! Something I definitely had not anticipated. Good luck with your new position! Remember that ultimately you have to make the decisions that are best for the patients and not your fussy co-workers!:wink2:
I agree with Fluff, however I believe that you should be upfront with your staff. Let them know all decisions made is and will always be about the safety of the patient and the staff. As bedside nurses we only see the surface of things, e.g. we're short on supplies, but from a manager's perspective we know that the budget has been cut and supplies may be limited-so then tell the staff "the budget has been cut we need to use our resources wisely." I find that this approach keeps complaints to a minimum and gets the staff to help the unit out more. Good Luck too you-you'll do great!