How to Become Your Boss’ Favorite Nurse in 9 Easy Steps

Want to get on your boss’s good side? Well, it’s easier than you might think. While the steps below may require a bit of work and practice, it’ll all be worth it in the end!

1. Have a sense of humor.

First of all, you should have a good sense of humor that makes those around you smile. Being able to lighten the day of others is an incredible talent to have, so put it to work! When your boss sees that the people around you are happy and laughing, and that you seem to be the cause of it, they’ll like you immediately. A happy staff makes for a happy boss, after all. You also need to be able to laugh at yourself. Not taking yourself too seriously means you’re freeing up a lot of your mental burden to patients and coworkers. Finally, laughing at your boss’ jokes is always a good idea. It doesn’t matter if they aren’t very funny; what matters is that you are giving your boss attention and making them feel welcome and appreciated. They’ll remember those feelings when they’re with you.

2. Volunteer and follow through.

If you volunteer for a task that no one wants to do, your boss will be incredibly grateful. This takes the onus off them to be the boss that has to choose an employee to do something they might not want to do. By volunteering yourself, you take pressure off the boss and they will thank you for it. However, don’t neglect the task! If you don’t actually follow through with the task, it’s likely that your boss is the one that has to pick up the slack, and she likely has enough on her plate as it is. If you volunteer for something, you need to do it!

3. Have a positive attitude.

Your boss, as a manager or supervisor, is in a leadership position that requires him to figure out problems and make sure things are running smoothly. If his staff have negative attitudes regarding his demands, this puts him in an awkward situation: chances are, those requests came from someone above him. If his staff aren’t following through on requests, his job will become much harder. On the other hand, however, if you bring a positive attitude to work and cheerfully do what is requested of you, your boss will be grateful for your example to others.

4. Be trusting.

Your boss also has a boss, so don’t be too quick to put the blame on your boss for every unsavory task that is asked of you. It is very likely that your boss has tasks to complete as well. Instead of assuming that your boss is asking you to do certain things to make your life miserable, understand that he also has to make choices and is often following orders. Believe us, your boss is not trying to destroy your career or your happiness. Sometimes they just need you to be on their side.

5. Be honest.

Your boss will likely appreciate your sense of humor and your positive attitude. While these are admirable traits that will indeed help put you on your boss’ good side, remember that honesty is important, too. If you agree too often with your boss and go along with their every idea, he may not trust that you are honest with him. Practice honesty while remaining tactful; if you are able to give your honest opinion in an un-hurtful way, your boss will come to trust you a lot more.

6. Show appreciation.

Nursing is difficult; managing nurses is difficult as well. If you have a great boss, make sure to let them know that you appreciate all their hard work. If you’ve ever received a random-seeming “thank you,” you’ll know just how much of a difference it can make in a person’s life, especially if they are struggling with stress or burnout. Even if you don’t particularly like your boss or get along with them, you can still recognize the work they put in every day.

7. Communicate your needs.

Most leaders are eager to give their employees what they need to make them more productive. It is very unlikely that most boss’ are withholding necessities to see their staff suffer. If it feels like this is happening, let your leader know what it is that you need or what might make your staff more productive. It is likely that they simply weren’t aware of the issue or didn’t know what the staff needed. Before you assume that your boss is just trying to keep you from having the things that you need, remember that they can’t read minds. Sometimes, you just need to communicate.

8. Do your work (and then some).

Of course, you should be doing your work to the best of your ability every day. When you are given a task, make sure you meet the deadline. If you can’t for whatever reason, keep your boss up to date with your progress and let them know when they can expect the work to be done. If you encounter a problem with the assignment, or with any other aspect of the job, feel free to communicate this to your boss, but be sure to also bring a solution to the problem. Giving your boss a list of problems you have will only add to their stress and make their day that much more difficult. Instead, approach them with a fix-it attitude: “Here are the problems I’m having with this task, and here’s what I found we can do about it.”

9. Refrain from judgment.

It’s pretty tempting to assume that we know everything about other people, especially our bosses. But if you’d like to get on the boss’ good side (and actually deserve it) you must allow them to make mistakes. Your boss didn’t get to where they are because they are perfect and they’ve never made a mistake. They are just like you. They’ll have bad days, make bad decisions, make mistakes – and all of that is ok. If you support them on their rough days, they’ll be grateful to you and you might find that they’ll be relying on you a bit more when they need some extra support.