nurse leaders/charge bull - page 2

hi there I just found out that my unit will be hiring two nurse leaders. No one knew the positions were posted. why? Because my NM handpicked her two "pets" to take the position. It's... Read More

  1. by   angelbear
    I just wanted to say that I think you are handling it exactly right. You said you will continue as before and see what happens you arent saying you wont give it a chance. If things dont work out you intend to leave also agree with that plan. You are right these two do not seem to be qualified for the jobs at all. I would think it would be a completely harey carey and scarey situation to work in. But you never know one or both may rise to the occassion and surprise you. We have a NM who is way less qualified than most of us are and most of the time we avoid her completely she is pretty much a waste of time and budget. Will never understand these moves by higher ups but I am just a little LPN what do I know.
  2. by   llg
    I am not going to try to judge the qualifications of the 2 people in the original post who were promoted -- because there are a lot of details we do not know. Most notably, we don't know why the NM who hired/promoted them made that decision.

    However, I thought I could raise one other point to consider.

    A lot of people automatically assume that it is a bad thing that managers often have a pretty good idea who they will promote before a position is posted -- even before it becomes available. In fact, that is a good thing -- something recommended by every leadership expert.

    A good leader knows her staff, their strengths, weaknesses, potential for the future, etc. A good leader is always keeping an eye open to spot potential successors and future leaders to nurture. She wants to nurture those staff members who demonstrate leadership potential and seek opportunities for them to develop further. Her choice of candidates for promotion should be based on her on-going assessment of her staff's performance on a daily basis -- NOT just how they did on their promotion application and brief interview.

    The application/interview process provides an opportunity for the candidate to highlight certain skills and aspects of themselves that might not be apparent every day. However, the biggest weight in the decision-making will usually be given to the candidates actual performance on an every-day basis as known by the people making the hiring.

    Also, sometimes the people with the "most qualifications" are not a good "fit" for the job. I've been involved in such decisions. The people reviewing the applications have to weigh what "seems fair" because of the qualifications of one candidate and what will actuall work out best for the organization in the long because a lesser-qualified candidate will be a better fit. In such a case, the organization usually picks the person that will work out best in the long run because that is their main concern. Setting a well-qualified, but poorly fitting candidate up for failure does not help anyone in the long run.

    And as someone said in an earlier post .... Years of experience does not equal more qualified nor more suitable for a job.

    I'm real curious as to what the other side of this story is .... what the Nurse Manager would say about why she picked these two people over some of her more experienced staff members. I wonder what her reasons were.

  3. by   angelbear
    I agree with the above poster that NM should know her staff and have good idea of fit. I just think it would be a good idea especially in said area of nursing that they have some experience.
  4. by   traumaRUs
    While I don't consider myself "brown-nosing" I do work for a manager with whom I agree. We honestly like each other and have a similar management philosphy. However, I was told last year that in order to advance, I would need a better education. So, I am back in school for a combined BSN/MSN. I also keep all my certifications current, I teach CPR/ACLS, I precept and basically do what I am asked to do or what will help the unit out as a whole. I also serve on several hospital-wide committees in order to know what other units are doing. The ER is different from other places so I really enjoy listening to other units problems and trouble-shooting with them.
  5. by   epg_pei
    Originally posted by CherryRN
    How do I deal with this in the meantime?

    I'm just so sick of the favoritism. Why is nursing like this?

    If it's any consolation, it's not just nursing. I've quit jobs for the same kind of thing.
  6. by   llg
    Originally posted by angelbear
    I agree with the above poster that NM should know her staff and have good idea of fit. I just think it would be a good idea especially in said area of nursing that they have some experience.
    I agree. One would think that ICU experience would be required. That's why I am so curious as to what the NM's reasons were for prefering the two people with lesser experience.