After working 8 years as a staff nurse on a general
medical-surgical unit, Julie Davis was appointed nurse manager of that unit.
Following a staff meeting at which her promotion was announced, Julie found
herself surrounded by three long time coworkers offering their congratulations
and making other observations and comments.
“I’m really happy for you,” said Sarah Johnson. “This sounds
like a terrific career step. But I suppose this means our carpool is affected,
since your hours are bound to be a lot less predictable from now on.”
Elaine Rowe said, “And I guess that shoots the lunch bunch,
too. Management commitments, you know.” The emphasis on management was subtle
though undeniable, and Julie was not at all sure that she was pleased with what
she was hearing.
Jane Davidson offered, “Well, maybe now we can get some
action on a few age-old problems. Remember, Julie, you used to gripe about
these things as much as the rest of us.”
“We’ve all complained a lot,” Sarah agreed. “That’s been
sort of a way of life around here.” The tone of her voice shaded toward a
suggestion of coolness and her customary smile was absent when she added, “Now
Julie’s going to be in a position where she can do something, so let’s hope she
doesn’t forget who her friends are.”
Elaine and Jane looked quickly from Sarah to Julie. For an
awkward 10 seconds or so, no one spoke. At last someone passing by said
something to Julie and as Julie turned to respond, Elaine, Jane and Sarah went
their separate ways.
Case Study: Authority and Leadership
Review the details of the case Authority and Leadership: Rising From the Ranks from your course text, and respond to the following questions:
Identify the potential advantages Julie might enjoy in becoming manager of a group of which she has long been a member, and contrast these with the possible disadvantages that might present themselves because she has long been a member of this group.
Describe how Julie will have to proceed in establishing herself as the legitimate possessor or supervisory authority on the unit, and describe the sources and forms of Julie’s authority.