Now I didn’t become a manager for the glory, there certainly is any of that. I didn’t become a manager for the money; I made more as a staff nurse with differentials and overtime. And I certainly didn’t do it for the great hours, Monday through Friday 8am to 5pm and on call 24/7. But, like anybody, I would like a pat on the back once in a while too.
As a manager I make sure to tell my staff when they do a good job. I feel that immediate recognition is the best way to help maintain employee’s behaviors. Actually, that goes for reprimanding employees too. But back to giving props.
But nobody ever tells me “good job.” I make sure nurses have the best team members possible by hiring the best nurses. I make sure they have all the equipment and supplies they need to perform safe and effective patient care. I help on the unit with patient care by lifting, starting IVs and being a resource to the staff. And I talk to my staff, give advice and support my staff with their life outside of work as well.
If you have a manager that is doing a good job, let them know. Tell them thank you, tell them they are a good boss, or just give them a pat on the back.
Meanwhile, I’ll tell myself……Good Job Rob!
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.
By Rob Cameron