The Dark Side of John Johnson

Press Release

September 27, 2015

Just yesterday, we learned that John Johnson has resigned from his position as Director of Nursing at Community Hospital. Johnson held the position for just over a year and it is speculated that he resigned after intense pressure from the Board of Trustees.

Once dubbed the “Golden Boy” of nursing, this comes as quite a shock. John Johnson was a nursing leader who quickly ascended the clinical ladder from staff nurse to nurse executive. What changed for Johnson and why did he ultimately fail as a leader? We exclusively spoke with some of his staff about what went wrong.

“Johnson lost sight of what it means to be nurse and a leader. He was only worried about getting to the next level and he didn’t care about his staff.”

“John used to be a great guy. He was always smiling and knew everyone’s name. We were all happy when he was made the Director. I’m not sure what happened after that. He seemed to put himself ahead of us and ahead of the hospital.”

“Many staff couldn’t take working for him so they left. I had to stay because I’m close to retirement, but I’m not happy. This hospital used to be a great place to work. Johnson turned it into a dictatorship. He lost some really great staff. It’s sad”

Looking back, Johnson displayed positive leadership traits throughout most of his life. The oldest of three children, he assumed a leadership role in almost everything he did. Whether it was on the soccer field as captain of the team or the student body president, leadership seemed to come naturally to Johnson.

His nursing career was no different. Johnson chose to pursue a degree in nursing because he had a genuine desire to help people. Along the way he naturally fell into a mid-level supervisory role. Upper management took notice due in part to his outgoing personality but also due to his ability to see the bigger picture. Soon Johnson had reached the top. Unfortunately, this is where things took a turn for the worst. Over the course of his one year tenure as Director, Johnson developed a ravenous need for power. His extreme ambition and entitlement caused resentment and strife among staff that had previously regarded him in a positive light. In addition, Johnson was not above coercion to achieve his goals and many seasoned staff lost their jobs or were placed on disciplinary probation if they challenged Johnson as a leader. All in all, John Johnson had an insatiable need for personalized power and ultimately this is what cost him his job.

Community Hospital is now accepting applications for the position of Director of Nursing.

Ashley Mekis can reached at 555-123-9876 or aqm5927@psu.edu for more information.

 

 

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