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Rob Cameron

About Rob Cameron

Rob Cameron is currently a staff nurse in a level II trauma center. He has primarily been an ED nurse for most of his career, but he has also been a nurse manager for Surgical Trauma and Telemetry unit. He has worked in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Hospice, Rehab, an extremely busy cardiology clinic and pretty much anywhere he's been needed. Prior to his career in nursing, Rob worked in healthcare finance and management. Rob feels this experience has given him a perspective on nursing that many never see. He loves nursing because of all the options he has within the field. He is currently a grad student working on an MSN in nursing leadership, and teaches clinicals at a local university. Away from work, Rob spends all of his time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys cycling and Crossfit. He is a die hard NASCAR fan. Sundays you can find Rob watching the race with his daughter.

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Nurse evaluations

One of the hard parts about being a nurse manager is evaluating another nurse’s performance. It’s tough to look another nurse in the eye – your co-worker and sometimes even your friend – and telling them how well (or not!) they perform.

How to score the best nurse benefits

How to score the best nurse benefits

Tip #1: If you’re considering going back to school, make sure you find an employer that provides the most tuition reimbursement you can find.

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Finding a nurse mentor

You need someone who will be there when you need a little pat on the back…and who will be completely honest with you when you’re screwing up.

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What does your nurse manager expect from you?

As an ED nurse manager dealing with a diverse staff along with a large number of psych and intoxicated patients, I must let my expectations be known with them.

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Remembering 9/11

I knew from that tragic day forward that I had made the right decision to become a nurse.

How do you recognize excellence?

How do you recognize excellence?

When I was interviewed by my staff for my manager position, I was asked a great question…

How to deal with an unreasonable boss

How to deal with an unreasonable boss

You’ve hit a wall trying to deal with your manager. Here are three steps to get you through.

What nurses should look for in a boss

What nurses should look for in a boss

Last week I sent an email to my boss explaining that I am interested in moving up the ladder. I received an email back that really just shot me down. I am seriously considering leaving because of the lack of support she’s given me.

Don’t burn your bridges

Don’t burn your bridges

What you say or do here will eventually make it to the hospital on the other side of town. Here’s an example…

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Does your nurse manager see you as confident?

Questioning yourself is normal. But if you compare yourself to your preceptor, who has several more years of experience, you’re only going to drive yourself crazy.

Stacks….a day in the life of a Nurse Manager

Stacks….a day in the life of a Nurse Manager

Here it is, the end of the year and I can’t think of anything to write about. I am sitting here at my desk looking at all the stacks of papers on my desk demanding my attention.

Rough week for a nurse manager

Rough week for a nurse manager

This week I had to let two of my employees go. One had it coming, it was really just a matter of time until he had to move along. But the other was tough.

5 things your boss should not be

5 things your boss should not be

This week I had a big issue with a couple of my CNAs. I saw that on Facebook, one of the CNAs posted the “Top 5 things to being a good Boss” and “Top five things not to do as a boss.” These were obviously directed at me…

How (not) to use social networking

How (not) to use social networking

Recently I talked about a nurse who made some inappropriate posts to Facebook about this manager and the unit.

How close is too close?

How close is too close?

This nurse manager wonders how personal he should get with his staff.