Dear Nurse Beth,
My Nursing Manager is calling in nurses and aides to her office to ask" how are you doing? Is there anything you want me to know? What is going on in general?"
These are some of the questions others have told me. I asked the manager at work when is my turn? She said, "Oh you will get your chance, I am seeing everyone."
Beth, I have never had an inquisitive out of the blue manager before. What the heck? I am feeling like she is voting people off the island....census is low, we are using PTO, tried to make next schedule online but no openings...? I asked why? my charge nurse said there is a glitch in EPIC system...hum? What do you think?
I was awarded the DAISY Award (statue) this year. Receive Daisy pins all the time. I am the oldest nurse there on Med Surg intermediate unit.
Conducting these 1:1 meetings without communicating the purpose is not a good idea. It creates fear and anxiety among staff. When there's a void in information, people will fill the void with their own ideas. You mentioned you're the oldest nurse on the unit
, and wonder if your position is targeted.
Don't take it personally. If the manager were cutting staff, this is the not the way she would go about it.
There are several reasons she could be doing this.
A new manager may use this method as a way to learn about the unit. If the manager hears the same concerns from different sources at different times, she can pretty much be sure that the concerns are valid. She can then prioritize her action list. It can be helpful for both manager and staff.
Another example is when a hospital is non-union and there are threats of a union being voted in. Managers could be instructed to feel out the staff and address their concerns. They may be seeking intel on the union movement, although they are not allowed to ask directly.
The problem could even be with the manager. She may have been told to round on her staff, or communicate more with night shift. Perhaps all managers were encouraged to schedule 1:1s with staff to increase engagement. Is this being done on all nursing units, (in which case it is the brainchild of someone higher-up), or just on your unit? Did your manager recently attend a conference? This could be an idea she brought home and thought she'd try.
Have you thought about asking her? "I'm feeling nervous about the 1:1 meetings. Can you tell me more about them?"
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