I am a third shift supervisor in a LTC facility, and believe me, I do PLENTY!!! I give meds, help the CNA's out , cover staffing, do reports, do stocking of supplies, take care of pts, do assessments, do admissions, do rounds every 2 hours, do employee evalutations, discipline employees, counsel employees, attend meetings, give inservices. The list goes on and on!!! I know supervisor responsibilities vary, but I am really involved in pt. care. I LOVE my job, and I feel very proud of having the opportunity to do it.
When I worked the hospital setting, I saw nursing supervisors in a different light. Now that I am working in LTC as one, I understand what it takes to do the job right. I think the key is to stay involved in pt care. Really get in and be hands on, and offer assistance when needed. Let your fellow employees know they can call on you. I know when I started, so many said for me to be careful, that everyone would use me if I offered my assistance too much. That is part of my job description, to help out when needed. I am not above helping anyone to insure excellent patient care.
I hope to retire in this position, or possibly as DON of our facility. I have the best of both worlds. It isn't easy, but boy is it worth it. :heartbeat:heartbeat:heartbeat