Guest blogger number 2 is Lindsay Martin. Lindsay is an RN and she is Co-Director of the ICU. Lindsay has a great sense of humor and I knew she would write a great blog – I just had to convince her. Lindsay was very anxious about writing the blog but when you read it you’ll agree that she did a great job.
Lindsay is a young manager and I asked her to write about her experience as a young manager and some of the obstacles she’s had to overcome. Thanks Lindsay!
I was asked by Craig to write a few paragraphs for his blog. The topic of choice, his not mine, was being a young new manager. I accepted the offer, with a smile of course (by the way you just can’t say NO to a member of senior management), and then began to wonder what in the world am I going to say. Soooo, here it goes. By the way I am a nurse, not a writer. Keep that in mind.
I have been an employee of GVMH for almost 6 years and have worked in the ICU the whole time. When I got the job as an ICU nurse I was 23 years old and had only graduated RN school the year before. I am currently 28, and holding, and have been co-manager of the ICU for 1 year now.
When the co-manager position came open I was not everyone’s first choice. Why, I don’t know. I myself knew that it couldn’t be job related. I always did my job very well and usually had fun doing it (sometimes too much, I think the term horseplay was used once). I did question myself if my age or maybe maturity was a factor. I went ahead and applied and was offered the position. At that moment I knew that I had to prove to myself and to those who may have thought I would not work out that I was serious about my new role and that I was willing to do whatever it took.
I think that being one of the younger managers has allowed me to bring new perspective and fresh energy to all areas of the management process. I continue to learn and change and am nowhere near set in my ways. This allows me to be more open to new ideas and ways of doing things. I have had some issues arise with being the new kid on the block. I can remember one meeting I had so many ideas but it seemed like there was always someone talking over me. I was not able to tell anyone my idea. I think I ended up telling Connie and she had to say it for me. I guess I was too new. With time and lots and lots and lots of other meetings and lots and lots and lots of ideas I am always given my fair share of the floor. This is probably true for any new manager I suspect.
Another issue was the fact that I had to go from co-worker to manager. This was, mentally, the toughest change for me. I had developed a certain relationship with all the staff and now all that changed. I suddenly was stuck in kind of a limbo of roles. That has slowly worked itself out also, but for a while, I was very lost. I do have to thank all the ICU nurses and Connie for making my transition an easy one.
So, has age played a factor in my position, yes, but with hard work, dedication, and less “horseplay” I have been able to overcome any obstacles my age may have placed in my way. I love my job, most days, and still like to have as much fun at work as possible. This attitude carries over to other staff, hopefully making their job more enjoyable.