The Transition To Management

Why does one need to transition into management? Do all jobs require transitioning? Maybe or maybe not. When one graduates from a program that has prepared a person for the job, there may be a period of transitioning or adjusting. I remember when I first got my RN it seemed like I could not remember how to do anything. I had worked as a student nurse for pay on the night sihift and was the only nurse on the unit. I certainly had functioned then, but once I got that degree I couldn’t function. My charge nurse said, in a reassuring way, that it was normal and just an adjustment phase I was going through. However, when you become a manager, there definitely is a transitional phase.

Becoming A Manager For Those She Used To Work With

This is probably where the greatest transition is. Suddenly you are the boss for those that you worked side by side with. You used to be their friend, but now you are their boss. You used to hang out with them and tell them things and talk about others with them. Now you can not do that. What is that like and how do you deal with it?

Some of your so-called-friends may be angry with you. I know someone that was recently in this position. One of her “friends” was very angry that she got the job, even though she didn’t even apply. To add fuel to the fire, the angry one had been there a lot longer than the manager and felt it was not fair. She refused to cooperate and not do as the new manager told her to do when something new was instituted by the manager. This put the manager in an even more difficult position since the “friend” really was being insubordinate. What does she do?

I really was never in this position since I started my management and teaching career in a new facility each time. I had never worked with anyone that I was managing. Of course there were some transitions since I had never worked in management before and I was quite young when I took these positions, but it was never as difficult as the person in the above scenario.

Hopefully she has a good supervisor that helps her through this, both emotionally and educationally. She, also, needs good communication skills herself and is able to discuss this with the unhappy staff member. Patience is very much-needed as well. She will get through it, but it will take time and skill.

The new manager, also, has to get used to the changes that the new job demands of a manager. Certainly there is a learning curve in the beginning. She probably feels like she is in a fishbowl, too. Her supervisors and upper management are watching her and her subordinates are, as well. People she has worked with are watching to see how she is doing and what kind of a manger she will be. Is she going to be like those other managers that stick together and seems like they are on the other side, or is she going to be supportive of the staff and their needs. This is a tough place to be in, especially for the new manager. How does she deal with this? Is she going to try to make the changes that she and her coworkers used to talk about to improve their work place and make their job easier?

She will find out that it is not that easy to make these changes in the work place, which will be very frustrating for her. She may have gone into the new position with hopes of making these changes, but finds out that it is not that easy. Not only will she find it frustrating, but she may feel like she has let her coworkers down. This can be very difficult and she may feel like a failure. Again patience is needed. Maybe over time she will be able to make some of these changes, but it will take time and hard work.

How To Survive This Transition

One must hold on to the fact that she knows what she is doing and not let the staff wear her down. Listen to what you have learned and been prepared to do. If this is really something that you want, work hard at it and don’t let the pressures of others discourage you. Have confidence in yourself and know that administration would not have hired you for this position if they did not feel that you had the qualities to do the job.

You must remember why you are there. Why did you take the job? Ultimately, it was for the patients; making it better for them by providing supervision of the staff in giving the best care possible. You probably, also, want to improve things for the staff as well and making it the best hospital around. Remember what your goals are and be patient and work toward these goals. The transition will get easier in time. Continue to be confident that you can do it.

Support Is Primary

You will get through this and then it will be your job to help a new manager transition and survive it. Support is what is needed to enable a manager to transition to their new job description. This is true for any field one works in. Where does this support come from? Well, hopefully it comes from upper management or from a manager that has survived the transition you are going through. Sometimes it comes from one’s peers and from family and friends.

Even in the on-line business that I am working on, there is a need for a great support system from others. I am fortunate to have found this great company that has a terrific support system. The other members and the owners of Wealthy Affiliate are very informative and supportive. There is always someone available around the clock to give you advice and support. All you have to do is ask.

Healthcare is a little different for many reasons. Of course, the major reason is because of the safety of those being cared for by the staff. Obviously it is not a matter of life or death if the wrong advice is given in an on-line business. However, of course even in this situation people try to give the best and most honest information.

Anyway, getting back to the support system, it is important in all fields to have that support. This is especially true when you are doing something new. Both management and starting your own business qualify. In both situations, it is new to the person. A good support system is vital to one’s success.

If you are ready for this new career change, click here, to learn more about a great support system which is needed in these situations.


Do not go into this job thinking that you can change the world as soon as you start the job. Hold onto your goals and work to accomplish them. Have patience and take it slowly, learning all that you can about being a good manager. Accept the support that is given to you and do not doubt yourself. There is always a transition period, so expect it and just hang in there.

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