9 Things I Wish I Could Tell My Nurse Manager

1. At least I want to be better. I mean, I could mess up and not care. But I always care, and I always want to be better. And I’m never satisfied with my nursing practice. I’m always trying to learn more, because I want to provide the best care possible to our patients. This should count for something!

2. I should be treated a little different for being a good employee. We can all think of that one employee we’re surprised still has a job. I’m not that employee that thinks I should be treated a little different for being the employee that doesn’t make a ton of mistakes, the employee that is (almost) never late, and completes required training on time. I’m not always sure you remember that. I’m just saying I think you should keep that in mind…

3. That raise I get every year is almost insulting. I don’t understand how anyone could give a nurse that kind of raise with a straight face. I mean, don’t you know how much is asked of us!?!? Doesn’t anyone understand that when we retire, something on our body will be broken? That should be worth more than .25 cents. I wish you would keep this in mind at each annual evaluation.

4. I’m doing the best I can. Above all else, please know I’m doing the best I can. No one goes to work wanting to mess up, or do a bad job, or disappoint anyone. Sometimes I wish someone would notice that I’m doing the absolute best job I can.

5. My family is at home, suffering. It goes without saying, but if I’m at work, it means I’m not at home. It would be nice to know that someone appreciates the fact I’m working, instead of playing at the park with the rest of my family. I mean, none of us are working just for the hell of it. I am very grateful that I have a job (and one that I love!), but I guess I just wish managers were thankful that they have good employees.

6. I don’t try to be late. I don’t ever try to be late. I actually get up extra early, to ensure I get to work on time. But when you have young kids, they frequently wake up even earlier, making it extremely difficult to get out the door as quickly as planned.

7. Sometimes I wish I knew what you were thinking. I completely understand that there are managerial-things happening behind closed doors, and sometimes you have to play your hand close to your chest. But when we don’t know what you’re thinking, it puts everyone around you on edge. I don’t know if you are aware of this, or if you even care.

8. Sometimes I wish you knew what I was thinking. And sometimes I’m glad you don’t know what I’m thinking! But usually, I wish you knew exactly what was on my mind and how I was feeling.

9. I love being a nurse. I wish you knew how much I love my patients, and how much I love being a nurse. Nursing is a calling, and I’m so thankful that nursing is the path I’ve chosen. I honestly believe there is no better job in the entire world. And I really hope you know this.


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