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Career Story: Nurse Supervisor In A Long-Term Rehab Unit

Nurse Supervisor In A Long-Term Rehab Unit

Job Title: Rehabilitation Nurse Supervisor

Type of Company: A hospital that cares for patients with complicated illnesses who can potentially rehabilitate and return home.

Education: BS, Nursing, Northeastern University

Previous Experience: I worked as a long-term acute rehabilitation hospital staff nurse, a home healthcare nurse specializing in respiratory patients, followed by many years in surgical intensive care as a staff nurse.

Job Tasks: As a Nurse Supervisor at my facility, my key responsibilities are patient safety and progressive care, proper staffing, employee/patient/family education and leadership in emergency situations.

Patient safety and care are my main responsibility. I do any direct care that the staff may not be familiar with. I handle any patient/family concerns. I oversee the care given to the patients by the staff, making any needed changes. I make sure the staff has the equipment and materials they need to do their duties.

Staffing a hospital is a strenuous job. The number of patients coming and going throughout the day requires staffing adjustments so the best and safest care can be given. Keeping in mind that a hospital is also a business can be a challenge when you're dealing with matters of life and death.

Attending meetings and educating the staff, patients and their families is another aspect of the job. Patients are constantly coming through the doors with new equipment and procedures and keeping everybody informed is important. In emergencies, my responsibilities are to control and prioritize, delegate responsibilities, and maintain a safe and caring environment.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of the job is when the staff is happy about learning new things and seeing their patients get better and become more independent because of their direct care. This is extremely exciting and the reason why became nurses in the first place.

The worst part of the job is realizing you can't make everybody happy and you can't save everybody's life or even make them better, no matter how hard you try.

Job Tips: I think it's important to love what you do. You can't take care of people properly if you are not happy doing it.

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