Today’s Janie Events – interesting interaction with a Nurse Executive

By February 13, 2016Advocacy, Good Works

Climate change in a hospital is always difficult, and no organization can rival the VA for making slow, deliberate changes.  The wheels of the government turn slowly, and all.  Hopefully all of that time is put to good use, deciding what will be best for our vets.

The VA has a promotion system that can only be described as ‘somewhat cumbersome’ if you are being conservative.  It is a giant pain in the hind parts if you are being blunt.

I sent in my promotion application, and was denied.  Naturally this was quite upsetting to me, as I am already doing the work of the next level.  Get your BSN, kids.  It matters.

In the VA, you are allowed to apply for reconsideration when things like this happen.  I wrote my ‘rebuttal’.  Then I received an email from a Nurse Executive.  She wanted to meet with me, and I felt like I was being called into the principal’s office to be told that I need to get my BSN if I expect promotion at all.light

As usual, I am really glad to admit when I am wrong. 

This was awesome! She helped me see what I could do better with my request for reconsideration! She explained how important it is to go into great detail to explain what I have accomplished to paint a picture for our Nursing Professional Standards Board.  It was a great explanation and I think it will really help to accomplish my goals. She also said that she would prefer an all BSN RN staff, but that is ok.  She still wanted to help me.

Sometimes you just have to trust that your upper management does in fact have your interests and your career development in mind.  I may not get my promotion, but at least I know that one of our Nurse Executives really went above and beyond to lift up a fellow nurse and help me reach my goals.rise

Maybe it is a good time to reconsider the motivations of your Nursing management staff. I did.

Maybe it is time for all of us to lift each other up.  Our patients depend on it.







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  • Faith Flora says:

    You are such an inspiration to all nurses. You are a born encourager and optimist. Thank you for your efforts and thank you for sharing.

  • Stephanie Chiappinelli Correa says:

    Thank you Janie. It’s not easy being in management. People want accountability but do not always want ownership. They will complain , but not find solutions. It would be very easy for you to become bitter about promotion, but you took that extra step and found that executives ARE us.. they are nurses that have been where anyone is CNA, secretary, , staff nurse, night shift, team leader, assistant manager.. many have done lots of different jobs and know how people feel in them. They are tied by the same chains we all are, budget confinement, company issues or older ways of doing things that they have to innovate. But they have some great understanding of what the expectatiins are and what people are looking for. In management, you are assessed by how you gret buy in for programs, your employee sstisfaftion, communication, patient satisfaction..not just money.. It is competative and now really expect a mssters for a management job, BSN for educator , assistant managers etc. Its also about experience and how your push yourself to do more above others in your same job. The bottom line is There is no us and them, there is only WE, and what we can do to retain, recruit and keep patients safe and happy.

  • Charlene Taymor says:

    Janie: I was a hospital trained, diploma RN from Feb,1976 until I retired in Aug, 2014. Working at the bedside was where I belonged and where I grew and flourished. In 1982, I transferred from L&D to ICU. In 1984 I sat for the CCRN and maintained that certification for the rest of my career. I never considered going back to school for any degree. I was an active member of two professional organizations (AACN and SCCM) and attended the SCCM Annual Scientific Symposium many years. Every shift I worked I learned something, every single one! I never wanted to leave the bedside, I never considered a supervisory or management position. For me, it was all about patient/family care and teaching, teaching at the bedside, teaching my peers, teaching orientees. I did a little research, and was published a couple of times. I always worked at university affiliated, large hospitals; including a military hospital, and a VA hospital. In all those years, I never was passed over for lack of a degree. All this is why I think that unless you want to practice away from the bedside in management, or in an advance practice role, a degree is a matter of choice, for personal fulfillment. JMHO…

  • Traci Harr RNC MSN says:

    I think this was an awesome exchange! I read it last night while working but didn’t have time to reply. If there were more nurse executives like this, maybe we wouldn’t be so divided. I hope you get your promotion!

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