Q: What do you wish you knew about your job when you first started out?
Clinical Nurse Manager in St. Louis:
"The mode of communication is a failure within the facility."
Make a list of all of your questions and do not accept the job offer without having all of your details of employment in writing.
Clinical Nurse Manager in Savannah:
"Every Situation is Different."
It is important to manage people with fairness yet understanding each person's individual difference. Although all rules must be followed, we have to lead by not only providing an example but by having compassion for each person and providing them the opportunities necessary to help them become successful in their work. Finding the appropriate fit for each person can be challenging. Although they may think they are in the right position for them, we can help by given our direct reports options for growth and venues for realizing their potential. Learning each person by asking where they see themselves in 5 or 10 years can give some insight. Helping them work towards their own goals helps them become more engaged.
Clinical Nurse Manager in Grand Rapids:
"Knowledge brings change."
Ask questions, admit what you don't know. When you find an answer share it. Encourage good work habits. Keep good records, you can look back and see how you and your staff has grown.
Clinical Nurse Manager in Sebastopol:
"I wish I knew about title 22 regulations."
Keep an open door policy, say thank you and remember they have another life other than work. Try to keep up on your nursing skills as it helps you understand the problems your staff runs into.