Newly Hired in Management, Sad and Afraid.

  1. I am so afraid of my new job. I haven't felt like this since I was a new grad. I was hired in LTC as the top nursing management person (in case anyone from there reads this). The problem is, is that the current top nursing management person (leaving) didn't want to train me. She just showed me forms and told me what they were but didn't showed me what it took to fill them out or when they were due. She accused me of doing things that I wasn't capable of doing because I was new and wouldn't know how to do them anyway. I want to do a good job and I have informed my company of the barriers that were being presented to me. I wanted them to be aware that I am not incompetent, I was facing the challenge of dealing with someone who wouldn't train me. I feel overwhelmed right now. I made notes of everything she DID tell me. I am not afraid of challenges I am good at working my way through issues. I am just hoping that management will give me a chance to learn, and an opportunity to prove myself. Has anyone else ever faced this kind of situation, where the person who was supposed to orient you failed to do so? I guess I would feel better knowing I am not unique in this type of situation. lol.
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  2. 12 Comments

  3. by   blondy2061h
    Was the other person fired or leaving voluntarily for a different position? Who is your boss?
  4. by   CrunchRN
    Some people just suck. She is trying to say set you up to fail.
  5. by   nette1022
    Voluntarily
  6. by   nette1022
    She yelled at me a lot. I am not worried about her I am worried about performing my job to the best of my ability.
  7. by   bagladyrn
    If this facility is part of a corporate chain try asking if there is a resource person at their offices who would be available to answer questions which may arise.
  8. by   Libby1987
    Have you read every regulation and literature you can get your hands on before you started?
  9. by   cleback
    Sorry I don't have advice but I just wanted to say you sound like a very thorough, empathetic person... the kind that makes a great manager. Keep your head up!
  10. by   NurseCard
    I once was given a leadership position at an LTC and had no one
    to train me. I was doomed to fail from the start. And I did,
    two months later. I felt overwhelmed from the very beginning,
    and never really felt like I knew what I was doing. So I
    kinda feel your pain.

    I now have a good ol' floor nurse position now in a great
    facility and I feel so fortunate. I will never ever go back
    to management.
    Last edit by NurseCard on Nov 4, '16 : Reason: correction
  11. by   Davey Do
    Quote from nette1022
    Has anyone else ever faced this kind of situation, where the person who was supposed to orient you failed to do so? I guess I would feel better knowing I am not unique in this type of situation. lol.
    Yeah. Twice, once as the nursing supervisor with a home health agency and then again as the nursing supervisor of medical services/methadone clinic with a community mental health institution.

    The previous nursing supervisor of the home health agency, with whom I was replacing, was begrudgingly leaving. However, the administrator and director of nursing guided me in my duties and responsibilities.

    The previous nursing supervisor of the community health clinic just left one day and just never came back. That was a tough one, as I had to reorganize two medication programs, the medical services programs, work in both the medical services program and/or the methadone clinic when the LPNs weren't available, carry a caseload of well over 100 clients, and perform numerous other administrative duties. It was a salaried position, and supposedly, a 35 an hour a week job. I never worked less than 50 hours a week and usually about 60.

    In the year I was employed with that mental health clinic, I worked with two agency docs before the clinic could hire a permanent one for the position of medical director. That doc was instrumental in my termination. He left shortly after my termination.

    I don't know if this information helps, nette, but it may show that your situation is not totally unique.

    The best to you.
  12. by   TheCommuter
    Moved to the Nurse Management forum for more responses.
  13. by   TriciaJ
    Quote from nette1022
    She yelled at me a lot. I am not worried about her I am worried about performing my job to the best of my ability.
    Of course you're going to do the job to the best of your ability. Even if you don't have much ability at the moment, you're still going to do your best.

    Setting up one's successor to fail is the oldest dirty trick in the book. She yelled at you? What would she need to yell for, if she's leaving anyway? So your employer is already ahead of the game; they now have you instead of her.

    The worst thing that can happen is you don't make them happy and they fire you. So what? You land on your feet and embrace the next challenge. Meanwhile, you put your time and attention to doing your best, which you already are doing.

    By all means, try to find someone to communicate with and let them know you've been left holding the bag. If they can be reasonable and work with you, this might turn out great. If they act like ungrateful dirt bags, you can vote with your feet.

    You sound like a conscientious person with a work ethic. Don't let them turn you inside out, and never forget what you're worth.
  14. by   HouTx
    OMG - I feel your pain.

    It is so sad to me how often this occurs... but I guess that this is also a good thing because it's produced a market for comprehensive reference books on the subject. There are a lot of wonderful reference books for brand new LTC nurse administrators. Give it a Google and you may be pleasantly surprised. As an 'outsider' who works with LTC, I have found the "Long Term DON Field Guide" published by HCPro extremely helpful. It's pricey, but well worth it. Another wonderful resource is "Nursing Home Federal Requirements: Guide to Surveyors and Survey Protocols".. I think it's probably on Amazon.

    I would also advise you to learn from your staff. Obviously, they know what needs to be done, how to do it, and what needs to be fixed. Based on your description of her character, they probably have been doing it despite their former DON. Get copies of all the former survey/inspection documents and analyze them to see if there is anything that needs to be addressed. If so, meet with the Admin to iron out a plan to make this happen.

    Meet with HR to learn about any staffing or employment challenges & highlights. Are there any problems with morale, retention, discipline? Get their insight on the best ways to address these issues.

    You can do this. You're going to shine.

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