The Unwritten Laws Nurse Managers Live By - page 8

1. Always believe the worst about your subordinates, no matter how glowing a reputation or history of competence they may have. Never give anybody the benefit of the doubt. 2. Never praise or... Read More

  1. by   NCineas
    This list is all wrong. Saddened that you feel this way.
  2. by   nursefrances
    This is an interesting thread.
    I remember when I was a student nurse and would come across a nurse who was rude, uncaring, sarcastic, had a gossipy/junior-high attitude and I thought, "I don't ever want to be like that."

    Reading some posts here makes me think the same way. If I ever became a nurse manager, I don't want to be one with a huge horrible list. No thanks.

    I have only had a few nurse managers and for the most part they were good, worked hard just like everyone else, would do anything we would do. My current nurse manager is awesome. She genuinely cares about her staff. She is not only a patient advocate, she is a nurse/staff advocate. I feel like she truly supports us when we need it. We have a good group that works really well together and I am staying right where I am.

    When I encountered stress on the floor made by the "bean counters" I left. It was a year long process of adding more and more on the nurses plates to where it didn' seem safe to me. I have read here (paraphrased), "Let your feet do the walking/talking, that will show them." But I think we are taught not to burn our bridges so in the exit interview w"don't say "I can't work here anymore, I'm out of here....see ya....wouldn't want to be be ya." (again, I'm paraphrasing. )
    We leave for a "greater opportunity" which can also be true. As these plate loading tasks were slowly added on to our duties I would voice an opinion about them, not just a complaint but a reasonable/logical discussion but what do we hear? "Oh, it will only take an extra minute or too."

    With the current influx of new grads, when a nurse walks out the front door for the last time there are probably 40 new grads who will gladly take his/her place so does anything change? Unfortunately, no: the bean counters keep counting and nursing staff (and I bet some managers) become more burned out, angry and bitter.
    Last edit by nursefrances on Mar 15, '14