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Nurse shift manager?

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by Ohamm Ohamm, BSN, RN (New) New

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Does anyone have any experience being a nurse shift manager or working with them? I’ve applied for a position with dignity healthy to be a shift manager for 5- 8 hour night shifts a week. I’m just hoping to get more insight on what the position does, is it the same as a charge nurse? That’s what the description made it sound like to me but I found the schedule to be strange. Any shift managers or dignity Heath nurses out there with any info to share? 

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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Right now I'm doing interim work as a "shift manager" - I'm guessing it's a combination of charge nurse and house supervisor. In charge of staffing and throughput and general trouble-shooting and putting out of fires during that shift, but for a specific unit.

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SummerGarden has 12 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED, CM, ICU, MS/MT, Frontline Management.

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6 hours ago, klone said:

Right now I'm doing interim work as a "shift manager" - I'm guessing it's a combination of charge nurse and house supervisor. In charge of staffing and throughput and general trouble-shooting and putting out of fires during that shift, but for a specific unit.

Klone, NO!!!  Why did you step down?  

OP:  If the job description reads like a charge position, it may be a combo position of house supervisor and frontline manager with charge-like duties as Klone describes.  The position is 5 days a week 8 hours per shifts?  If so, that is the reason why the position is open.  The position likely has a high turnover and high burnout rate.  If this is your first management position, hopefully you will have someone to provide you guidance and support.  Otherwise, you will have an exponential learning curve.  There are no resources at night... you are it!  Good luck!

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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4 hours ago, SummerGarden said:

Klone, NO!!!  Why did you step down?

Because I got tired of working 60-hour weeks, being called in the middle of the night, having to come in on weekends, and basically just being on 24/7. I'm now doing interim leadership work, making REALLY good money, and I can walk away after 4 or 6 months.

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22 hours ago, klone said:

Right now I'm doing interim work as a "shift manager" - I'm guessing it's a combination of charge nurse and house supervisor. In charge of staffing and throughput and general trouble-shooting and putting out of fires during that shift, but for a specific unit.

Thanks for your response! That sounds similar to this opening, I’ll know more if I get an interview.. Do you enjoy the work you’re doing? 

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klone has 14 years experience as a MSN, RN and specializes in Women's Health/OB Leadership.

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I do, actually. It's different from what I'm used to (which is more long-range planning, quality initiatives, budget). But I enjoy the multi-tasking, busyness, and generally keeping plates spinning in the air, and then being able to clock out and go home and truly be OFF.

There's very little/no direct patient care. I actually had MORE direct patient care as a director, because I was able to go in and make myself available to staff instead of going to a meeting. In this job, I'm so busy with the other aspects of it, and none of it is something I can choose not to do if I want.

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SummerGarden has 12 years experience as a ADN, BSN, RN and specializes in ED, CM, ICU, MS/MT, Frontline Management.

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On 2/21/2020 at 12:06 AM, klone said:

Because I got tired of working 60-hour weeks, being called in the middle of the night, having to come in on weekends, and basically just being on 24/7. I'm now doing interim leadership work, making REALLY good money, and I can walk away after 4 or 6 months.

I know what you mean, I am not throwing stones. 🙂  In fact, of recent I am meeting and working with "traveler" managers.  It is, I am told, the best of both worlds without all of the politics (being backstabbed and being thrown under buses).  The expectations are different too.  For instance, travelers are only expected to place pressure on a wound to stop the bleeding until a more permanent solution can be applied to a gaping wound.  Good luck to you, it sounds like you have a good balance!   

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