Quote from 2ndChance
I have enjoyed reading the different posts on this section of the site. I am scheduled to begin an MSN program with a Leadership focus in January. I already have a finance degree and a psych degree (as well as BSN-I was one of those permanent students) and I think that I would prefer to utilize my skills in this fashion. I am enjoying working in the ICU right now, but know that I do not want to do this forever; I feel my greatest strengths lie elsewhere.
My question is, why are all the nurses I talk to so loathe to go into management? They make comments like "Oh, no one in their right mind would want THAT job" when referencing an open mgt position. I was just wondering what all of your thoughts were on this; as to why nurses at the bedside do not seem to want to take their careers in this direction and possibly move up in the organization.
Thanks a lot!
Multiple Reasons - each one unique
1) typically salaried positioned - most managers may very well earn less money than a new grad considering the number of unpaid hours that they work.
2) called at home - may be difficult to make plans or have uninterrupted time at home since you can be called in or called at home for numerous issues
3) politics - different personalities, lack of professionalism, victim mentality, expectations of favoritism, distrust, dishonesty -- can all create a dysfunctional environment for both staff and management but the ultimate responsibility falls to the manager.
4) heavy workload -- most managers have a myriad of responsibilities but rarely have assistant or other personnel available to delegate tasks and work to, can lead to long hours
5) lack of appreciation or support -- one of the nurses I worked with used to be a manager and went back to staff nursing. He said management is a "lonely job" and he was absolutely on point. There are no "friends".
I could list more. Having been a manager, ultimately I found that the rewards did not outweigh the disappointments. However, some people love management and I admire them. My only advice to anyone seeking a management position is to develop a "thick" skin and to remember success in management is not much different than success in politics, you just have to outlast your critics.