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Help for a nurse that is just starting in nursing management on a Alzheimer's unit.?

I've been a nurse for about 5 years. I've done a variety of jobs including; hospital, utilization review, disease management, travel and agency. I have recently been hired by a small LTC facility as a Special Care Unit Coordinator. This unit is in total disarray. Their expectation for me is to "re-do" everything. The DON stated that they would leave all decisions to me as to staffing, activites, organization, education and even redecorating the unit! I have never been in management, and I am more of a "type-B" personality. I make friends easily, can talk to anyone, but have never been really good at being stern. The facility knows that I have no experience, but the DON stated that ANYTHING I do would be an improvement and that the unit can't get any worse. What do you think should be my priorities? How should I approach this? Any suggestions on books or websites? Please, any ideas that you have to help me get my management career off to a great start would be appreciated.

Asked By: Erika N - 5/14/2008
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Wow, that sounds rather intimidating! Congrats on being so brave as to take on this job... More
Answered By: Jill - 5/14/2008
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Check out all the Try This publications by visiting the Hartford Institute For Geriatric Nursing... More
Answered By: kayboff - 5/14/2008
 
I was a Resident Director for a 50 bed assisted living facility. We had Alzheimer's patients there as well... More
Answered By: deble_2000 - 5/14/2008
 
My mother is in nursing care facility. They have one wing devoted to alzheimers patients who are thought to be a "flight-risk... More
Answered By: Teresa - 5/14/2008
 
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