Need advice on new role

  1. I work as a nursing supervisor in a SAR/LTC facility. Since my hire I have expressed interest in transitioning into wound care and pursuing my certification. I was recently finally given then opportunity to do so by my employer. I finished all the coursework and clinical, graduated with my certification and am just waiting for my certification exam then I will be done. While on school I was already assigned to lead the weekly wound rounds, and to develop a wound care committee and to start staff educations. I jumped right in but have been doing a tremendous amount of extra work on top of my existing supervisory duties. After weeks of pleading I was finally given one day a week to solely focus on my wound care duties. It it's no where near enough. I was given the impression once I was certified, I would be the facility wound care nurse and focus solely on that, but it's becoming clear my employer expects me to somehow do both jobs simultaneously. To add insult to injury I have received no pay increase and after asking repeatedly have still not reviewed a job description, role expectations, or duties list in writing. I am overworked, stressed and exhausted. Any advice on how I should approach my employer would be appreciated. I can not continue doing two full time jobs at once!
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  3. by   diva_nurse
    Quote from Apentti
    I work as a nursing supervisor in a SAR/LTC facility. Since my hire I have expressed interest in transitioning into wound care and pursuing my certification. I was recently finally given then opportunity to do so by my employer. I finished all the coursework and clinical, graduated with my certification and am just waiting for my certification exam then I will be done. While on school I was already assigned to lead the weekly wound rounds, and to develop a wound care committee and to start staff educations. I jumped right in but have been doing a tremendous amount of extra work on top of my existing supervisory duties. After weeks of pleading I was finally given one day a week to solely focus on my wound care duties. It it's no where near enough. I was given the impression once I was certified, I would be the facility wound care nurse and focus solely on that, but it's becoming clear my employer expects me to somehow do both jobs simultaneously. To add insult to injury I have received no pay increase and after asking repeatedly have still not reviewed a job description, role expectations, or duties list in writing. I am overworked, stressed and exhausted. Any advice on how I should approach my employer would be appreciated. I can not continue doing two full time jobs at once!
    Look for another job.
  4. by   Mistyrose123
    you might go to your employer with a list of wound care duties (look on line or make a list yourself), explain that with pressure injuries being a CMS quality measure you need to focus on wound care. are pressure injuries going up in your facility? If they are then with your certification you are more needed for this to see to the prevention side of wound care. also just say you are overworked, stressed and exhausted. Usually where ever you got your certification they will have a job duties list. and if this doesn't seem to help just tell them you will be looking else where for work. You have to make a stand. they will continue to use you as long as they can.
  5. by   Apentti
    Thank you for your input. I think I just need to get out at this point. They keep admitting more and more patients with wounds and pressure ulcers, because "the wound care nurse should be able to handle it". I just see them dumping more and more on me, and I'm not willing to risk my patients care or my license.

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