September 23, 2014 at 3:28 PM #16255
Is it me, or maybe just where I work, that male nurses get no respect whatsoever? I’m having issues. I’ve been a nurse for 11 years, I have traveled, been a supervisor at a SNF, I’ve been a clinical instructor for an LPN program, and for the last 4 years been at the same hospital on a “specialty unit”. I’ve been trying to move up in the profession, I am a charge nurse when needed and get floated around everywhere to help out. I go out of my way to help and I get nothing in return. Have applied for permanent charge nurse positions at least 5 times and denied for younger, less experienced female nurses. I do have my BSN just for clarity, most of the nurses where I work only have their RN. I love where I work but I can’t get ahead. I’ve been told that I have a big mouth, but really, other nurses like to repeat things to upper management and then I’m “spoken to”. I have learned that I can’t trust anyone but it’s hard to not talk to people that I’ve worked with for the past few years. I can’t pinpoint the exact people who run their mouths but it kills me that I’m one of the best nurses in my facility and have nothing to show for it. I really don’t know how to move forward. Anyone?September 23, 2014 at 7:19 PM #16256
Jason Hautala RNMember
If you want to move up, you will have to change facilities. I, too, have a big mouth, and there is no way admin is ever going to give me an admin position. I have a BA in zoology, but not a BSN, but that hasn’t stopped them from some of their admin position nurses. I just have a reputation of being a little bit of a trouble maker and a pain in the butt.
I’m ok with it and not planning on leaving for an admin job somewhere else, but if that is your goal, you might have to make the change. Getting moved up the ladder is rarely about what you know or even how well you know it, but who you know. If you are not buddy buddy with the people making the choices, they will pick someone else over you every time.
Hope I’m wrong on this one (but I”m never wrong.) 😉September 23, 2014 at 7:24 PM #16257
I’ve been around long enough to be able to agree with you. I thought I was slightly buddy buddy with some people in admin but apparently not. It annoys me that I get used and abused and have nothing to show for it. The only reason I put up with it is because I need the extra money for my wedding. Basically trying to figure out a plan for after the wedding 😉September 25, 2014 at 6:07 PM #16303
one of my favorite managers ever was a guy. not only good at admin “crap” but an amazing nurse. I’m wondering, are you at a small hospital? I’ve noticed when I’m at a big university level 1 trauma ctr hospital, there seem to be more male nurses in places of leadership
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