Becoming a Director of Nursing was something I have always wanted to do. I wanted to make things better for ..Fisrt- the residents, staff, facility and every person who cared for the elderly. I don’t judge anyone, I first put myself in that persons shoes. I work hard and will even volunteer to work as nursing assistant when they are short. I believe in seeing the good in people and giving positive feedback to everyone even before I have to pull them aside for corrective action. As director you are the role model not a dictator. You get respect by showing respect. I turned a facility around to nurses feeling appreciated and respected. Nursing assistants started pulling together to make it better. But you must and I mean MUST have leaders above you that support you and embrace your efforts. As I moved into another DON job the turn over rate was astonishing to me. Prior to me the first facility had 5 DON’s, the second had 2 DON’s lasting 2 months. Jobs I interviewed at that offered the job but I took the best one that would fi. Those jobs I turned down also had the DON job re-posted after several months. I know this job is very stressful, tons of responsibility but it’s an opportunity to actually make a difference. One thing I’ve learned if there is one person above or even your assistant that just does not like you, your struggle is real. I have been yelled at completely inappropriate in front of department heads in IDT.. meetings because I tried to speak up- to do the right thing. We are nurses for one reason and that’s our residents/patients. It’s not about us!