Quote from caliotter3
In nursing, I just plain would not want to be in management, at all. I'm like you, to me, nursing is hands on patient care. If I wanted to be a desk jockey, I could have stayed doing what I was doing, or gone in other directions in the business world. However, I have met a nursing manager or two, that I am happy they chose desks over patients. I would not want them anywhere near me if I were sick or injured.
Ouch! That's a pretty harsh view of management!
After over 30 yrs as a "hands on" nurse, I chose to take a management position which will be my final job. I'm looking to take an early retirement and the extra pay I am getting now will enable me to do that. Plus, I had some medical issues that made lifting and transferring a problem for me. So for me, these were good reasons to go into management. I have been offered and turned down several management positions through the years because I just did not want the responsibility when my kids were young. My past experience has given me more wisdom and understanding of the staff I supervise since I have been where they are. I don't miss the hands on as I thought I might because as a 'desk jockey' I feel that I'm making a positive difference in my staff and client's lives.
Although I negotiated to higher than what was initially offered to me, I now realize in hindsight, I could have requested and gotten more than I did. They had already fired the previous manager and they needed me more than I needed them. They have since made up for it by giving me good raises each year w/ bonuses 2-4x/yr depending on our profit.
DO NOT settle for only $1.00 more an hour. You need to find out what kind of raises you can expect, bonuses, vacation etc and get it in writing. Right now I am making $6.00 more than the nurses I supervise and my boss (I found out quite by accident) is making $5.00 more an hour than me.