A typical day at work is comprised of overseeing 12 people (10 RNs and 2 NAs) in the daily care and preparation of patients in the pre-op holding area. Interpersonal communication skills constantly being honed, with RNs, surgeons, anesthesiologists, patients, and their family members, etc.
I have learned to be thick-skinned, cool-headed under pressure, and patient with new processes.
My manager leaves many of the daily decisions up to myself and my peer leader in the PACU. My manager is supportive of my decisions for the most part and desires me to continue to grow in leading people.
My co-workers are all experienced RNs from a variety of backgrounds and tech me things every day I'm at work.
The hardest part of the job is being an ear for every one of my RNs and to remain objective when people bring complaints. The interpersonal part of the job, RN-to-RN, is the most challenging part of the job right now.
The most enjoyable part of the job is caring for our pre-op customers, and seeing that they're well cared-for by my RNs. Being at the bedside is still the best part of the job.