I am currently only a nursing student -- scheduled to graduate May 2008. However, I was speaking to a few nurses that I know very well (both are in their mid 50's). One is a clinical director here in my current residence, and the other is a Chief Nursing Officer back in Michigan. Both were telling me that I should seriously consider going into management as a nurse. They told me that because I am male, it would actually be easier to get into a management position (I have no idea how much truth there is to that, but that is what they told me). Furthermore, the CNO was telling me that there is a massive shortage of CNO's around the country because lack of interest from staff nurses and other nurse management, and also lack of experience. She was telling me that CNO's usually start out at 100K for smaller hospitals, but their salary can rise well above the 200K mark for large 500+ bed hospitals.
My question being, why is there such a lack of interest in nurse management? I understand that there is probably a lot of headaches in management (as there is with management in any field). Furthermore, I would think that there would be a plentiful amount of nurse managers looking to get into a CNO position. I understand that they must work their tails off, but a salary that large would be a large incentive.
2 more things.
1. Back in the early to mid-1990's ... nurses had trouble getting government funding for nursing education. There was intense competition among the various segments of the nursing profession for the limited funding available.
The Nurse Practitioner groups won that war and the nursing administration programs were the big losers. All government funding for graduate level programs in Nursing Administration was terminated. Many Master's level programs shut down or dramatically reduced those programs -- thus dramatically reducing the pool of people educated at the graduate level in Nursing Administration and the amount of research being done in the field for many years to come.
By the way ... that move also created an over-supply of NP's in some areas and also contributed to today's nursing faculty shortage. Those of us graduating with PhD's in the 1990's could not even get interviews for faculty jobs unless we had NP certification as well. Many potential faculty members were turned away and had to find employment outside of academia. Now they wonder why we are not faculty members!
2. Look at the threads on this bulletin board. Most people blame their managers for everything they don't like about their jobs. Managers are bashed left and right on this board and in "real life" as well. That need for an exceptionally think skin makes the job unappealing to most young nurses as they plan their careers. People are more attracted to NP roles (less organizatinal/administrative hassles) and/or CRNA roles (more autonomy and money). Few younger nurses see the management positions with its 24-hour accountability and constant blame attractive. Nor do they see hospital staff development roless being attractive as they also involve a lot of organizational hassle and little positive support from the staff. Thus, we have a serious shortages of qualified applicants for such positions.
Last edit by llg on Jun 30, '07