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Web site spotlight: Tips to turn back the time for staff

Nurse Leader Insider, September 1, 2008

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Almost all nurse managers want to spend more time with their staff, but they have so many responsibilities that they have trouble finding the time to do so. This situation leaves the nurses on the floor with the perception that managers are too busy pushing papers in their offices to spend time with them, not seeing what they have to deal with.

Time management is always a popular topic at meetings for nurse managers, and although they get some training in this area, many tend to go back to habits they are comfortable with. These old habits are what usually prevent managers from using their time effectively.

All nurse managers must develop an understanding of staff perceptions and how staff relate their importance in the overall picture to how much time their manager spends with them. Help develop other managers to understand this concept and then to ask themselves how they can change this perception. Many opportunities present themselves at your regular manager meetings, so consider this topic for discussion amongst the nurse manager peer group.

Editor's note: This excerpt was adapted from the article, "Strategies to make time for the next wave of leaders" featured in The Reading Room on HCPro's new online resource center, www.StrategiesForNurseManagers.com. Get a free trial membership that will give you 30 days to test drive all the exciting features on the Web site.

 



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