Quote from candiceena
Thanks guys. Do you know how quickly one can get into the management aspect of things? Can this be a specialty that you lean towards like NICU or pain care? Also, does it require a business degree to get into management?
No it does not require a business degree but in many places it does require a minimum of a BSN.
Yes it is a specialty and there are certifications for being a manager.
I don't believe that trying to get into a manager position quickly should be your goal. You are the head of the food chain for a particular department. Which means that you must be on top of your game and be a resource person for nearly all problems that arise whether they be patient care treatment problems or interpersonal staff relationship issues that require good leadership skills.
The staff will have no respect for someone that does not have experience to deal with the numerous crazy situations that occur on a daily basis.
You must be able to multitask and quickly switch gears from working on a schedule to saving a pt's life, to counseling a staff member to going to an admin meeting then back to the floor to work as unit secretary for a while then back to your office to work on the budget then back to the floor to pass water and help pt's to the bedpan.
You will generally have 24/7 responsibility for your department. People will call you with the absolute dumbest questions at 2 am and you have to think clearly, respond to their question, and try not to bite their head off for not talking to the charge nurse or house supervisor first.
It is a lot of work and heartache to be a good servant leader. Do not enter into it lightly and blindly.