Nursing is a career that has its ups and downs. As a nurse, you'll experience a wide range of emotions. There are days when coming to work is not what you want to do.

One of the most stressful situations for nurses is dealing with their supervisors or coworkers. Disagreement among us is obviously undesirable, as it would cause friction in our personal relationships, which would have a negative impact on the quality of our work environment. However, high-stress situations are unavoidable in this line of work. What should we do next? Let's get down to business.

What does it mean to be a Nurse Manager?

The head of a nursing facility is known as a Nurse Manager. This job involves overseeing, planning, organizing, and evaluating the activities of a specific department or area of health care delivery to provide the best possible care for patients. As a nurse, your supervisor has a broader perspective and more experience in this area than you do. It is imperative that we show respect and cooperation when we come in contact with her to succeed in our careers.

How to Interact with Your Nurse Manager in Five Different Ways

Respect Others' Decency

The best way to convey your thoughts or feedback without causing offense is to be soft but firm. Before raising your concerns with HR or any other higher authority that may ultimately have a say on disciplinary actions against a nurse manager or employee, allow the nurse manager to address the issue.

Even though nurses aren't known for being particularly empathetic, we need to keep in mind that everyone has their unique personality. Some nurses are more sensitive than others. Be polite and approachable to the nurse manager to show some empathy and understanding of their position. Even if you've had a bad day at work, don't use words that could offend them.

Be a Good Co-worker

You have to go through the nurse manager to get what you want in some facilities. When it comes to getting things done, a nurse manager typically has connections at the highest levels of the organization. As a last resort, enlist the assistance of your superior by inquiring about the next best person to contact regarding the issue at hand. Getting on someone's nerves isn't going to solve anything. 

Instead of reacting, be proactive.

Nurses must manage their time effectively to avoid conflicts that could arise due to a lack of workplace communication. Things can go awry in a matter of minutes if nurses aren't on the same page. Don't wait until something goes wrong before talking about and coming to an agreement on a solution. You should never assume anything unless your manager specifically instructs you to do so.

Be wary

There are some things you should never say or do to the nurse manager, regardless of your relationship with her. Our workplace is already stressful enough. Keep out of their way by not suggesting ideas or giving them unsolicited advice on how to do things, as this will make them distrustful and feel belittled. Just because someone is friendly doesn't mean you can trust them with your private thoughts or sensitive information. At the end of the day, they are still your boss.

Avoid becoming overly familiar with the subject matter

As long as you don't get too personal, it's fine to have a casual conversation about work-related issues with your boss. Keep in mind that this is just a casual social encounter, so it's important not to divulge too much information about your personal life or ask sensitive questions. Please refrain from addressing them by their first name except if they insist. Keep your distance from the outside of work, as this could complicate matters in the future for both of you.


Take responsibility and apologize when you have a strained relationship with your nurse manager. If you can't seem to agree on anything, either take a break or consider trying someone else. If your coworkers aren't having fun at work, it's going to be difficult for them to work together as a team.

May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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