I know I haven't been around a whole lot these past few weeks, but there's a really good reason for it........things have been crazy-busy at work due to some staff shake-ups and 'irregularities' in the med room (no missing narcs, thank God, but people have been slacking on proper procedures, which is a BIG no-no). Then a couple of weeks ago, several staff members even called up our management company with what amounted to a no-confidence vote against the administrator, which also has prompted some quick reshuffling of HIS priorities.
The end result of all this, however, was a promotion of sorts for me: I am now totally in charge of the nursing department, medication services, and personnel. Instead of running everything past my boss, I have the authority to manage the department as I see fit; I can hire, fire, evaluate, educate, and discipline caregivers, make and set policies in accordance with best practices, and do what I think is needed to make things right. I also can set my own schedule, and I'll be sent to paid leadership and management trainings, along with the administrator, as they come up.
So much to learn, and so much to think about! I've actually been functioning in this capacity for almost a year, but now I'm finally going to have the authority to back myself up.
I'll also receive a 5% pay increase, along with another 3% across-the-board raise sometime this winter; even though I still won't be making anything close to what I earned at the hospital (I'd be earning somewhere around $35/hr now if I'd stayed there another year), I'm well satisfied with my situation. I don't want anything 'better' than this.
Already the residents and staff are responding to it; I've forced changes in the med room and made things run more smoothly, gotten rid of a couple of troublemakers, and made myself available on 'off' times as a resource. I've changed my workdays from Mon-Fri to Tues-Sat, and so far, EVERYBODY loves it, including me---things are so much quieter and more relaxed on the weekends, and I get so much more done!:spin: The families really like the new arrangement, too.........seems that staff are more attentive and call lights get answered more quickly with me there, and of course I can handle the small emergencies that seem to happen only on Saturdays a lot better when I'm in the building!
Don't get me wrong; my boss is a great guy, and we work very well together; but there are some areas where his knowledge base isn't all that great, and nursing is the main one. He also HATES confrontation and having to discipline employees when they're not doing well; and while I don't particularly ENJOY it, I'm a little tougher---I can handle unpleasantness without going to pieces, or worse, just sweeping things under the rug. There will be no more unaddressed 'irregularities', or thefts, or playing on the computer when staff is supposed to be working........I'm all for giving the benefit of the doubt, but if I suspect someone is stealing from the residents or diverting narcotics, they WILL be suspended and the police will be called.
I've already put staff on notice that there will be no more worrying about 'negative publicity' or making things go away by ignoring them, and after they have been inserviced personally by me, there should be no more claims of "I didn't know such-and-such was against the rules". I will do my best to educate and enlighten, and I will go to the mat for anyone who is at least trying; but if people don't want to do the work they've signed on for, I'll find someone who will. It's all about the residents, anyway---if it weren't for them, NONE of us would have jobs!
Anyway, just thought I'd let y'all know why I haven't been around much lately (besides the bout of cellulitis I just got over). There's so much to do, and at the holidays to boot..........but I wouldn't change it for anything. I've loved this job since the day I started it, and now there's even more to love about it. What could be better?
Dec 10, '06
That's fantastic news, Marla. Congratulations!! I know you will 'raise the bar' and make your facility an example of what all long term care facilities should be. Hooray for you
Last edit by weetziebat on Dec 10, '06