Demand is high for interim nurse leaders to accept positions that are full-time, permanent jobs but have not yet been filled. Any number of circumstances can lead to this occurrence, some of them more challenging than others. When a nursing supervisor, manager or director is fired, for instance, this leaves an abrupt high-level opening that cannot be left unfilled. Qualified in-house employees may be hesitant to take on the job, even temporarily. There may be all sorts of problems they don’t want to deal with. In addition, workers who feel loyal to the person who has left may harbor some ill will toward anyone accepting that position. Hopefully, the hard feelings will dissipate quickly.
The nurse who does accept the temporary job is likely to find it through a staffing agency. This individual may not be able to find out why the predecessor lost the job. Sometimes a health care practitioner makes too many errors. A warning may be issued that states another serious error is grounds for termination. Sometimes a nurse who is in charge of supervising others or managing a department has too much trouble getting along with the personnel. There may be complaints and evidence to other leaders in the organization that this situation is becoming toxic. Another reason for termination could be too many absences or some type of misconduct on the job. A nurse who comes to work intoxicated is likely to be fired quickly, and one who arrives hung over numerous times also is at risk of termination.
These situations can make life in the medical facility difficult for employees both while the problem is ongoing and after the nurse is no longer there. It can be a difficult environment for an interim nurse to step into, yet the facility needs someone. An interim nurse with the right personality, attitude and qualifications is invaluable to this medical practice. She will need to create positive relationships with employees who resent her for taking the spot of someone they liked. She’ll need to listen closely to concerns that are voiced and seek guidance from her own supervisor as needed.