Guest Blogger #2 – Drum roll please…

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.

About Craig Thompson

I am a young professional with two great sons, and I work in the healthcare setting. I am employed in hospital administration and serve as Chief Operating Officer at Golden Valley Memorial Healthcare in Clinton, Missouri. These are challenging and exciting times in healthcare and my blog will focus on healthcare, raising boys or being raised by boys, and living in mid America.
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