MY UNIT IS IN CHAOS

  1. I've been on my unit for one year. We just lost our 5th nursing manager after one year. Do i stay or should i go?
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    About kiowasteph, BSN

    Joined: Nov '11; Posts: 4; Likes: 4
    from MO , US
    Specialty: 4 year(s) of experience

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  3. by   Aunt Slappy
    Why have you lost 5 managers in a year?
  4. by   City-Girl
    Could you provide a little more information? What kind of chaos? Have the NMs given a reason for leaving?
  5. by   PolaBar
    Man, I feel like 5 manages a year is insane. I don't think many places can replace floor nurses that quickly!
  6. by   kiowasteph
    the over riding scuttlebutt from the experienced nursing on the unit is administration and the lack of participation from the experienced nurses on the unit. the most recent nm quit for "another position" that she had applied for over a year ago. my personal story is i interviewed with the nm and 3 weeks later when i showed up for
    orientation i was told the nm that hired me quit due to "family obligations". the chaos im talking about is current director of the program is not a nurse. i know im being vague to protect myself. if more details are needed ill due my best to answer. thank you for taking the time to listen and respond.
  7. by   Sour Lemon
    That all depends on where you'd be going to.
  8. by   kiowasteph
    i'm currently looking for other positions within the hospital. I guess I'm going. Thank you again for your help and support.
  9. by   nursej22
    I worked on unit that lost something like 5 nm in 2 years, for various reasons: personal, promotion, fired. It actually bonded many of the staff together, and we stuck it out until we actually got a keeper. EAP came in a few times, which was helpful, to let us vent and see where are strengths were.
  10. by   Aunt Slappy
    Quote from kiowasteph
    i'm currently looking for other positions within the hospital. I guess I'm going. Thank you again for your help and support.
    So you'll be working under the same leadership that has now lost 5 managers from one unit in a year. What makes you think they'll run another unit better?
  11. by   SpankedInPittsburgh
    Who care who the Nurse Manager is? I'm sorry and I'm not trying to be cynical but this situation kinda reminds me of an old song be The Who "meet the new boss, same as the old boss". I find management types to be fairly removed from what I do on a day to day basis as a Nurse in the ER so generally I could care less about these issues. Now if this culture is messing with you on a personal level or impedes your ability to function as a nurse then that's another matter but just switching nameplates on the Nurse Manager door is something I could care less about so long as the folks that I work for provide me with a descent workplace and the check clears every two weeks.
  12. by   Jedrnurse
    Quote from SpankedInPittsburgh
    Who care who the Nurse Manager is? I'm sorry and I'm not trying to be cynical but this situation kinda reminds me of an old song be The Who "meet the new boss, same as the old boss". I find management types to be fairly removed from what I do on a day to day basis as a Nurse in the ER so generally I could care less about these issues. Now if this culture is messing with you on a personal level or impedes your ability to function as a nurse then that's another matter but just switching nameplates on the Nurse Manager door is something I could care less about so long as the folks that I work for provide me with a descent workplace and the check clears every two weeks.
    I agree. OP did not specifically say anything was wrong with day-to-day (other than in the title), so if it isn't, don't leave just because of the NM issue...
  13. by   Accolay
    Man, only five quit in a year? I can't believe any nurse manager stays beyond a week! I wouldn't take a NM job to save my soul for all the crap those guys have to put up with. They don't even get to make policy- just have to shovel the crap that comes down from above. Personnel personal problems, no union backing you up. Yuck!
  14. by   Neats
    I find it odd that the first popular thing to say/think is quitting.

    I ask myself these questions when I have a job/have started a new job

    1. Am I doing what I want to do-be specific about what your desires of a profession are.
    2. If you are in the position of your dreams and there is trouble on the unit due to what ever why would you give up your dream job? Situations change same crap different faces, human nature does not change where ever you go you will find at times it is good and at times your job environment is stressful for reasons beyond your control.
    3. I would only consider leaving if I was being asked to do illegal things, perfume against policy/procedure/ or if I directly asked my boss whether or not I had an ability to be considered for promotion/new job responsibilities, if they said no then I would ask why work on those things and then if there was not change after say 6 months then I would leave.

    Managers come and go and yes it does hurt the daily operation of the unit. I am glad these managers left it gives your unit a chance to find the right fit. Once the right fit comes along you will wish you were back on that unit.

    I am a retired Nursing Home Administrator, my job was to go into troubled facilities-some I would go back multiple times a year. Once the right fit came on board I did not need to go back sometimes for years.

    It is your career and I do agree that 5 NM is excessive but consider this...the facility has expectations and want the right person in this position, these last 5 were not the right person.

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