I recently accepted a position as the department chair at a proprietary school. I did not realize that with this organization as the department chair I do not have the autonomy to make decisions concerning the program. For example, the academic dean is selecting the curriculum and lab design (this person is not a nurse
)..... I do not feel comfortable backing a program that I have zero to little input into. Even textbook choices, I can select but this person has the ability to veto my decision and select something else.
My history: Five years in nursing education (public sector), MSN nursing education and 11 years Medical-Surgical nursing experience.
I am ready to take my losses and seek other options. Am I overreacting? Is this the "norm" ?