Quote from lizzieB05
the hours and money are appealing
Please learn something very quickly - MONEY ISN'T EVERYTHING! Particularly in nursing. Also, when you take a supervisory position that says you have great hours like M-F, etc. - don't count on it! As a supervisor you will spend more time at work than the staff working OT - at least you will if you are a good supervisor.
You were asked to take this for several reasons:
1. Your age - you have a little bit of life experience compared to a 21 year old RN. The maturity level is better than a new but younger nurse and staff respond better to older nurses being their supervisors than ones that are still kids.
2. You are still a newbie and thus more prone to be flattered by the request and take the job. More experienced nurses know better and run the other direction when they were asked to take the job. I can almost guarantee that a more experience nurse, or 2 or 3, were asked to take the job before you were but they know the game and being a supervisor isn't fun and it is even more stressful than being staff.
When you become a supervisor, you can also lose some protection that staff nurses have. You will be held more accountable, even though the understaffing and poor staff education isn't your fault.
Get some more experience before you step into a position like this. It isn't all it's cracked up to be. Why do you think that hospitals go through supervisors/managers like kleenex? Only the crappy managers stay long term. They are the only ones who are willing to put themselves in the line of fire because they will always do what the facility wants but not necessarily what is right or safe. Thus the hospital is willing to defend them in court. Good managers will have the hospital sell them out so those managers leave before a lawsuit happens to them. Or they get so burnt out that they simply can't function in that role anymore (speaking from experience). Sorry to burst your bubble of flattery but you need to learn a bit more how it works and not go walking into that trap blindly.