hi all :wave:
this is a copy of my post from the gen discussion board...maybe i'll have good luck here
this is a copy of my posts:
I'm charis and new to this board. today I'm out sick and was browsing th web since my phone keeps ringing. I need some help and hopefully you guys can help.
I'm a new manager of an ICF/MR program. 1st of all my background and experience in nursing has been ICU nursing. Then I got into healthcare marketing then I did insurance for a year. Well, 6 months ago i landed this job in the discipline of caring for the mentally disabled. The demographic is that I'm responsible for the care of 72 individuals w/ the help of 22 LPNS who I manage. My direct supervisor is not a nurse. The other RNs around me (in the clinic and on a support team) are not very supportive. Its a great opportunity that if I can successfully manage it will be a boon to my career path. The work is very interesting as I didn't realize the complexities of these individuals.
I need a mentor that I can talk to to bounce stuff off of and hopefully be able to acheive my departmental goals by the end of my first year.
Dealing with the LPN is very difficult for me because I don't understand what drives them and I so far have been able to procure them 2 raises withing the last six months, and I have a program for continuing education as well as staff developement and heightened awareness of client care. I thought these were all good things but my staff really don't want to participate in anything and want everything handed to them. At my fullest complement of staff it would be 33 with all the positions filled. I don't have any "support staff at my disposal" but I will ask for that at the next budget time. So ......in the meantime...I'm not sure how to proceed. I know I will make mistakes but i don't want to make my boss's words come true: "When you finally get to the ocean, you may look around and find that you made it there with the peices of the dead bodies of your staff behind you." She is not a nurse...I'm concerned about the quality of client care....its not at a level that I'm used to experiencing.
could my boss be right????
am I driving change too hard??
will someone feel sorry for me and be a mentor??????
help me be a better boss!!!!!!!!
There are 5 other RNs around me. 4 are in the clinic onsite. of the clinic....1 is a director of the clinic..she did not have a good relationship with my predecessor, other 2 are workers in clinic and one boasts of having had my job (back in the day when it was different than what it is), the last one is a casemanger who is nicer to me than the rest but is clearly on the "side" of the others. The other RN is on a support team that had my job once upon a time but left it due to the complexities. It appears that i have landed in a vacarious, twisted kind of relationship where people have these agendas and all i have been focused on doing is trying to learn my job. There was no person to train me in this position and I have & am learning this job as i go along with the compass being the needs of my clients and the needs of my staff.
I have read a lot of good stuff here on the boards and I had hoped more people would have responded to my query but if the commitment seems too heavy.....I would welcome general suggestions.
There you have it!!!!!!!!!
looking forward to more great advice.