My basic responsibilities include managing medications and departmental supplies, staff scheduling, teaching staff, supervising/counseling staff, writing policies and procedures (!!!) trainings, maintain positive relationships with outside providers, and a whole bunch of other things. Plus i'm on the safety commitee and they're thinking about starting an infection control commitee.
I'm in SA rehab and my biggest stressors are my clients and co-workers.
1. Manipulation is the name of the game played on the daily basis
2. Enablers who don't hold clients accountable
3. Staff who put all of their hope in psychotropic meds as being a "magical cure"
As a nurse manager you need:
A sense of humor (if not, you'll be both very bitter and angry)
An excellent support system both within your work setting and outside of work
A sense of fairness and professionalism at all times.
To be knowledgeable and creative
To be a fast thinker and able to work with everyone (not just the nurses on your floor or unit)
Able to go that extra mile to get the goal accomplished
Hope this helps you