sorry, didn't answer fully, you asked for likes/dislikes. I think this response will vary with everyone but here's mine.
Likes; Ability to encourage and nuture growth in ways other than clinical expertise, encouraging autonomy and participation in problem resolution, it's not my unit... it's the nurses unit... I'm there to provide information and remove barriers to inhance patient care. Also enjoy the decision making ability to make changes. Setting a open door policy.. and people start comming in.. usually with personal problems to share, once they trust you, they will confide in you... usually they just want someone to listen. I've learned so much about people and how to listen, I'm still in awe that they want to share pieces of themselves with me, I''ve cried happy and sad tears with many of them.
dislikes; Total accountability = long hours. When your short staffed and no one will come in, you have a choice... sit home while your staff is struggling or go in... even after working 10 hours.... how can you respect a manager that won't work side by side with the nurses... this = long hours. Phone calls at 1am, 2am, 4 am then getting up, going to work and getting a 1am call ect.
dislike; you are always being watched and evaluated, every facial expression and body movement is over evaluated for a while until the staff knows you.
final dislike... the problem employee, that you see so much potential in, that you keep mentoring, guiding, even disciplining fairly, that just can't make good choices for themselves and you have to choose to let them go, knowing they need their job so badly, but not enough to make required changes.
It's a very rewarding, sometimes exhausting career.
The fact that someone recognised special traits in you to handle such a challenging job is a HUGE compliment to you!
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