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[font=franklin gothic medium]hi everyone ,
[font=franklin gothic medium]i am new to this ltc/geriatric nursing forum, although i have been around the site for a couple weeks now.
[font=franklin gothic medium]i recently decided to take a job as a unit manager in ltc. i started on monday orienting with the nurse that is leaving the position. this is my first unit management position or mgt. position, period. most of my experience is in the hospital, but i did work per diem at this facility a little over a year ago at least 1-2 12 hr. shifts per week as a medication/charge nurse. amazingly, most of the patients are still there! i have to learn a lot about mds and pris. i guess i will feel my way through the more difficult aspects of the job. if you have any advice, please pass it my way!
when i worked full time, i worked as a unit manager and rnac. my advice to you is to be visible to your staff, when things are hectic help out, and try to be on the floor as much as you can without compromising your own work. this will help you to really get to know your residents, which you will need to know when the state sweeps through. regarding "managerial" skills, i feel this is the most difficult part of the job. be respectful, but right from the start show them that you mean business, don't give in about things that you feel need to change, and discipline when it's necessary. i worked in a tough unit that had very tough staff....and it nearly got the better of me. you are not there to be anyone's friend, although you can be friendly with everyone. like i said, this is the tricky part....but admin will be looking to you to make sure your unit is run smoothly and properly. i used to have unit meetings with all the staff a couple times a month so that they could bring up concerns, or we could brainstorm on how to fix problems.....you won't always be liked, and you will be talked about, and you may get attitude sometimes, but if you stand your ground they will at least respect you.....
i just realized that i made it sound horrible.....it's not! just start out strong, be there for your staff, and always remember that the residents care comes first. hopefully, you have good nurses and cna's that will help you along the way.
good luck and keep us posted!
p.s. all that mds stuff is very confusing and difficult to grasp sometimes, but with time you will understand it all. there are lots of reference books that your facility should have (or be able to order) that will help you with this. if you have any specific questions, feel free to pm me!