Yes, your manager is one in a million......I was also a "clinical" manager: I made rounds every day, gave baths, made beds, cleaned butts, walked postops, provided patient education, answered call lights and helped pass meds. I also interfaced with other disciplines to facilitate patient discharges and transfers, and the list goes on. Did I do all of this everyday? No.....but when the chips were down, I was right there. Unfortunately, I wasn't good about attending meetings when I felt the unit was compromised. I also had some problems keeping up with the volumes of paperwork, but it always got done when I was under the gun. Senior management's position was that I had a difficult time prioritizing my management responsibilities from "enabling" the staff. I say BULLS**T--patient care and patients' needs ALWAYS come first--without the patients, we cease to have a function (from the CEO on down.....). I realized that I had mgmt. tasks that had to be done too, but it took a backseat to the patient care. I left that position rather quickly after my evaluation was done, feeling that my point went unheard.
I never could have worked 24 hours and then come back the next day for another shift of 10 patients (that "S" isn't emblazoned on my chest, but I've done my share of 16-24 hour days--gotta have a little recovery time after that), but I know from the feedback I've had from staff and other folks on the unit, that my staff and patients were always well-supported and that my staff knew I cared. That being said, I feel as though I met my goals!
I love being back at the bedside and having responsibility for my patients alone. It is really tough being a manager and trying to be the balancing act between staff and senior management. It can be a lonely and thankless job, but can also be very rewarding when you mentor someone along and watch them blossom and grow into a great nurse.
Labornurse......do your manager a HUGE favor and let her know how much her support means to your staff and the patients you care for. It will make her day, week, month, and year if you just tell her "THANK YOU". :kiss