How Travel Nurses Can Best Work with a Nurse Manager
When working in a variety of assignments and facility locations, it’s easy to have misconceptions regarding a nurse manager.
Do any of these comments on a unit sound familiar?
“She never looks stressed so she must not do anything.”
“He’s always in his office, so he can’t be working half as hard as me on the floor.”
“She’s always floating around the unit. She must have so much free time.”
It’s okay to admit if you’ve ever thought something similar. But for a healthcare facility to run as smoothly as possible, the nurse manager and the nurses must be on the same page.
The role of the nurse manager is complex. It’s important to understand that role’s responsibility so you and your nurse manager can support each other — creating the best quality care for each patient.
The Role of the Nurse Manager
A nurse manager leads the unit’s daily operations. Although the nurse manager does handle more responsibilities, here’s a sample of their primary job tasks.
- Provide leadership and guidance to other nurses
- Ensure that staff is properly trained
- Address any personnel issues to promote a productive and supportive work environment
- Monitor patient care for quality
- Collaborate with top management, interdisciplinary teams and other stakeholders in order to develop, implement and evaluate programs and services
“Just like a good nurse evaluates a patient, a good nurse manager can evaluate her nurses and her unit just through observation, listening, talking and asking questions.” – Susan Abbott, TaleMed Clinical Director
How to Work Together
To ensure excellent working relationships, TaleMed’s Clinical Director Susan Abbott offers three important tips.
- Avoid complaining about the daily assignment
If you feel like your assignment is unfairly balanced, speak to the nurse manager. It’s best to explain, not complain.
“If your assignment includes several patients who need a blood transfusion at the same time,” Abbott says. “You could suggest that you switch with another nurse and that you are willing to help with other patients in exchange for help with a blood transfusion.”
- Work well with regular staff
When you can, help each other out. Nursing is all about teamwork and the most successful floors work as a collaborative unit. So, whether it is an RN or a CNA, lend a helping hand to create a lasting bond.
- Report any unsafe professional practices
If you witness any unsafe practices, go directly to your nurse manager. It’s important for your nurse manager to be aware of and respond to any potential issues as soon as possible.