3rd Door Series #2: We used to work together but now I’m the boss!

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Welcome to the Third Door Column from Nurse.org with Beth Boynton, RN, MS.

In this 10-part weekly series, we’ll be navigating common conflicts in nursing and healthcare with an eye towards shared accountability and co-creative solutions. The “Third Door” concept is centered on the notion that when we think there are only two ways to look at a problem or conflict, there’s always an alternative way that can bring about understanding, open-mindedness, and individual and collective ownership of the issue at hand.

3rd Door #2:  We used to work together but now I’m the boss!

Dear Beth,

I’m a nurse manager on a med-surg floor and was promoted from my staff RN position about six months ago. I’ve been on this unit for three years and started out as a graduate nurse. One of the full-time RNs who reports to me now – let’s call her Naomi – was my preceptor during my first six months. 

Naomi’s clinical skills are superb and I owe a lot of my professional growth and confidence to her. We got along pretty well during my preceptorship, even though sometimes I felt she was a little negative. Now, as a manager, I’m becoming worried about…(full article at nurse.org)

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