"Professional Goals"- Ugh

  1. Anyone else have the pleasure of these lovely meetings where you have to sit down with a manager of some sort and make up goals and a plan? It irks me to no end that the fact that I am keeping kids from dying, administering their medications, completing mandated screenings and all the other stuff that goes along with being a school nurse isn't enough and I have to come up with some ridiculous several part "plan" to meet some pointless goals I make up. I am not a teacher and it is difficult to make measurable goals to determine if I have met them. Anyway, just frustrating as I just got some three page document I need to fill out and complete and return to my manager the day before break to then sit down and discuss our first day back from break. I have to fill out, among other things "Two things I am doing well" with specific examples, and "two things I could do even better" with specific examples. With my dad dying last week, this stuff is seriously my LAST priority. Rant over.
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  2. 15 Comments

  3. by   ruby_jane
    Hang in there.
  4. by   Flare
    i totally get you. Half the stuff they talk about - SGOs, team meetings, department goals - I have no idea on earth how it would relate to me. I am an army of one. I am not in a team. I am a department of one. Student growth suggestions that were given to me were outrageous. Was vision screenings (ok fine, i do those) but the measurable goal required the PARENTS to return the referral notice for anyone failing their screening. I believe that is a goal for the parents to complete a task, not the children, as the last time i checked, it was the parent's responsibility to ensure the children went to the optometrist.
    I tend to fly on a vastly different radar as the teachers. Some of the staff gets it - some of the staff wonders why I get to do things a bit differently. Well, care for the needs of all 800 - so settle down.
    My district is usually good with me using goals like - keeping abreast of healthcare trends and topics as they relate to profession. and my latest - learning to use new technology - google docs, drive, etc. google is massive and there is so much to learn.
  5. by   Flare
    double post - so weird.
  6. by   OldDude
    Two things you are doing well...establishing a creative collaboration at work and planning and organizing tasks in a timely manner.

    Two things you could do even better...Encourage other staff members to deliver to the expectations at hand and recognize the potential of every staff member to be the best at what task they are assigned.

    Is this Admin speak enough?
  7. by   ruby_jane
    Quote from OldDude
    Two things you are doing well...establishing a creative collaboration at work and planning and organizing tasks in a timely manner.

    Two things you could do even better...Encourage other staff members to deliver to the expectations at hand and recognize the potential of every staff member to be the best at what task they are assigned.

    Is this Admin speak enough?
    It's glorious!!
  8. by   MrNurse(x2)
    That was awesome Old Dude. Thank God I am at a private that is happy I show up and deal with vaccination survey and setting up health screenings. I like low expectations.
  9. by   bsyrn
    We do pretty much the same thing at the end of the year. I photo copied all of mine and just repeat the same thing about every 3 years. No one has caught on yet
  10. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Mine is usually "continue reduction of lost instruction time by maintaining and managing student health."
  11. by   KKEGS
    Yep I have to set "goals" also. Myself and the 2 other district RNs set them together and we pick a different topic or area of school nursing to research, update our documentation and training materials, etc. This year we chose concussions. Next year we have already decided will be diabetes management.

    So far we've updated the concussion section of the resource manual our health office nurses use to include a flowchart to help them decide which course of action to take when a student reports a head bump.

    I also have to be observed by my boss, the Director of Special Education, 3 times this year. So far we've decided I will present my First Aid for Fractures PowerPoint that I made for our monthly nurse meeting in December and she will observe me training one of my health office nurses on G tube feedings. Still have to think of a third.
  12. by   JenTheSchoolRN
    Quote from KKEGS

    I also have to be observed by my boss, the Director of Special Education, 3 times this year. So far we've decided I will present my First Aid for Fractures PowerPoint that I made for our monthly nurse meeting in December and she will observe me training one of my health office nurses on G tube feedings. Still have to think of a third.
    Do watching you complete paperwork count?

    Although, maybe she can observe you covering a lunch period for one of your nurses?
  13. by   nmr79
    Oh no! I thought I was escaping this nonsense when I left my hospital job. These evaluation/goal/whatever-you-want-to-call them forms are torture for me. I'm going to copy Old Dude's spiel if/when I have to do this.
  14. by   scuba nurse
    Yup, I hear you! We have to fill out this stupid TeachPoint crap....and it is NOT nursing focused but teacher focused, drives me crazy! I want to write "I just want to get thru the day without having any major emergencies, and sending everyone home the way they came in". Why is that so hard? LOL

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