I am the manager of a dialysis unit. We have close to 90 pts. Today I have 1 RN on "bonding" leave with her baby and family, another one is off this week due to her kids being on school break. This leaves 2 RNs, and myself. We have 2 new admissions, each one taking up to 2-3 hours each, 5 coming in for medications supposedly for 15 minutes( that is a misnomer, there is always something extra), and 3 for clinic visits. I went in this morning not feeling too great. By noon I was in full fledged influenza and had to go home. I was planning on handling all the medications and 1 of the clinic visits while approving payroll, answering about 50 emails from over the holiday, a meeting with a man working on a project, and a phone conference scheduled for 1 hours. Nope. I got the flu and had to leave my nurses drowning. My amazing nurses handled it like the troopers they are. You can bet I will do something really nice for them for doing this. I just couldn't be in the room with any of our imunocompromised patients while I was sick.
Yes I got the flu shot. No, it didn't help.
Sometimes management DOES now what is going on. It is their job to know and to try to help. Our motto is Patients come first, ALWAYS. If I have to drop what I am doing to help my staff, then so be it. You know you are in the right place when your manager answers a call light, passes some medications, does some vital signs, and so forth.