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What qualities make a great Nurse Manager?

June 15th, 2022

PATIENCE, PATIENCE, PATIENCE....especially when you feel like everyone in your immediate orbit seems to be willfully tap dancing all over your last nerve.

Hide like a rhinoceros.

The ability to remain calm when the situation (or people you are dealing with) appear to be out of control.

The ability to provide education without making the "student" feel bad.

Willingness to roll up your sleeves and "get dirty" with the rest of your staff.

The discipline to keep negative comments, gestures, and facial expressions to yourself.

April 27th, 2023

One quality that I feel is often overlooked is humility. Leaders should never be above their team, always beside. Don’t ask your staff to do anything you aren’t or wouldn’t do. Leaders are people and to err is human. Admit your mistakes when you make them and apologize appropriately and publicly when necessary. Allow staff to be owners of the department by providing opportunities to assist with projects, quality improvement ideas etc. Ask don’t tell! I was a nurse manager for several years and hated the title ‘Manager’ because Managers control a team in order to achieve a goal. Leaders have the ability to influence, motivate, and enable a team to achieve success.

October 27th, 2021

Politeness, supporting your staff while educating,. For individual issues, provide privacy and detail issues provide coaching and let them know in the course the policy and that you will follow it (to the letter). Recognize abilities, good jobs, great catches- praise when due. Compliments go a long way.Be available. Don’t try to RULE (micro manage),but support to have a functional and efficient team. Let it be know (politely) that office politics will not be tolerated

June 10th, 2022

A team player, A transparent player, a GREAT communicator, A listener, Honesty, and knowledgeable.

May 15th, 2022

When RN nurse submits their application to me as a dept manager Ive never looked atvtheir education. Masters/Bachelors degrees don't impress me. I interview them, ask them intelligent questions to find out their work ethic is and how they express themselves. .

April 29th, 2022

I'm making the leap that this is your first NM position. There are 1000+ different answers for your question. There are also some questions I would ask you. Are you going to a new unit to be the manager? Where you promoted up from within the unit you are now the NM? Why did you accept the position? Can you flow/ transition between management styles based upon what is needed at the time? What qualities did/do you want from your manager? Have you asked the staff what they want from a NM (not just you, any manager)?

Have you read "The First 90 days." by Watkins? "Crucial Conversations" by Patterson, et al., "Strengths based Leadership" by Rath, "Leading and Managing in Nursing" by my friend and CNO academy mentor Dr. Yoder-Wise?

I mentor for free. Email me at [email protected] and we can set up a time.

May 14th, 2023

Being trustworthy and having integrity as a servant leader. Fin the gifts and talents in your staff and work to help staff see them and develop them.

February 19th, 2023

Patience, listening and good communication skills, and the ability to put out fires. Be there for your staff, not text or email

July 1st, 2022

Active listening is reciprocal to the voices of your unit staff because they're the ones that are providing the care; they are the ones experiencing the lack of resources, the nursing staff voice matters.

April 26th, 2022

Lead with integrity not bulying and be able to balance short term goals with long term needs.

April 13th, 2022

Listening skills and not judging immediately or allowing others' opinions to control your interaction. As you know, most staff nurses don't feel valued (like they don't count). So, catch them doing something well (or great!) and tell them. Also, meeting with each Staff (ALL STAFF ) is critical in your assessment of the culture of the Unit. Culture just means collective behaviors, which is why each Unit and each shift feel differently. Also, monthly team meetings (offered twice) would be great to make Staff feel connected and that their ideas count. Dr. Lauren Jones

March 28th, 2022

I believe a myriad of qualities make a great manger. Sound clinical experience, exquisite interpersonal relations as everything in leadership is dependent on relationships. An unwavering commitment to patient care and those who deliver that care. Lastly, a commitment to continuous learning.

October 26th, 2021

Patience and continuous learning of new skills and ideas on modern techniques required for Nursing.

October 26th, 2021