I had a great conversation this week with a fellow nurse friend of mine about how we manage our lives being managers. What became very clear early in our conversation is that it is not easy. There are so many things you have to manage ie, yourself, your staff, (direct and indirect reports), your upper management team and don’t forget the work itself!
Then we have a “Life” that needs management also. Relationships with spouses, partners, children, grandchildren and parents. Coordinating personal finances is also a huge area to manage especially since the nurse executive’s ability to make extra money may be limited.
If we don’t manage all of these areas well, we may become discouraged and lose our passion and joy in what we do. Donna Cardillo wrote a nice article depicting that nurse executive who had lost her way. http://news.nurse.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2011312050035#.
What tips do you use to manage your life as a nurse executive?
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