Quote from FlyingScot
The training you need to seek out is acute care floor nursing preferably with progressive supervisory experience. There simply is no shortcut. Your degree alone is not even close to what's needed. Regardless of what you believe,that degree without skills and experience does not give you the knowledge to supervise, advise patients or manage people. It has nothing to do with other nurses wanting to hold you back. It's the reality of the type of job we have. Business grads get desk jobs because that's the kind of jobs that a business degree entails. I guarantee you almost no newly degreed business grad goes immediately into a management position. And please, can you try to refrain from pigeon-holing all of us older, experienced nurses into the stereotypical bitter, old hags that, in reality, isn't true for the majority.
As usual, Flying Scot nails it again.
Perhaps nothing irritates working people so much as someone fresh out of school with a sense of entitlement---a person who thinks s/he doesn't have to pay any dues and who actually has the nerve to be angry when no one will let her/him leapfrog over the rank and file. It's difficult, if not impossible, to respect a supervisor who's never done the actual work
and thus cannot know what (and who) s/he is supposed to be supervising......and that's true in every field. Just ask a construction worker how he likes the 22-year-old foreman with a newly-minted B.A. who's never driven a forklift or lifted a hammer in his life---while the "boss" was out getting his precious degree, that worker was busting his arse for his employer and learning the craft literally from the ground up.
I'm not saying the OP isn't intelligent, or that she HAS to enjoy direct patient care in order to be a nurse worthy of the name. Thankfully, nursing encompasses many types of jobs that weren't even dreamed of 15-20 years ago, and not all of them are bedside positions. What bothered me---aside from the gratuitous snark about "aged-old" and "bitter" nurses who live merely to torment the young and restless---was the sense that she considers herself too good
for floor nursing and deserves a management position right now. I'm sorry, but a four-year degree or better does not
automatically confer the ability, let alone the street smarts, to manage situations AND human beings successfully......especially in an arena where lives are literally on the line every day!
I've been a nurse-manager on and off for years
, and at 50-something I have long since shed the obvious disadvantage of needing to make the "aged-old" workers respect me. But having started out on the other end of the spectrum, I know what it is to get my hands dirty, and not only am I still willing to get them dirty if needed, I also continue to learn from those who are getting theirs
dirty. There's no other way to be a decent boss. And that takes time and life experience, not just a college education.
The average working man or woman is not stupid.........they just get tired. An arrogant, entitled 'superior' who knows nothing of what their days are like, what they feel, what they think of when they're on the job, is not going to be able to manage them well OR earn their respect, and that makes EVERYBODY'S lives at work harder than they need to be.