:kiss The best nursing manager I ever worked for was almost 30 years ago, in a small community hospital. She stood up for us and publicly threatened in front of the hospital's board of directors to resign, unless they brought nursing salaries in line with other area hospitals, who we could not even compete with. She was also instrumental in getting our hospital its first JACHO accreditation. She also didn't play handmaiden to a bunch of arrogant doctors, and did not kiss their a----, for I and the other nurses often witnessed her going nose-to-nose with more than one of them....and reading the Riot Act...right back to them.
But, more than anything (and excuse me, as I become teary-eyed as I write this): This lady was instrumental in me being able to survive nursing school, by tirelessly working with
me, as I tried to juggle going to school full-time, working weekends, holidays and in-between....then having to call in unexpectedly, when a demanding instructor made an unscheduled and mandatory clinical assignment....or when my son (who was a baby at the time), woke up in the middle of the night of the morning I was supposed to go into work...screaming with a 104 fever (or worse)...and my husband was not available to take care of him.
And, I will never forget the moment when, the day after I found out I had passed the Boards....this lady walks into the nursing station..calls for everyone's attention, then proceeds to announce that I had passed...and how proud of me she is...as she pins my new name badge with "R.N." on my uniforn...and led the rest of the nursing staff in applause. She then hugged me...and we both
I still have that old blue-and-white badge in my jewelry box, as a reminder as what a wonderful and proactive manager she was...and wish I could work for another one like her. :kiss