The hospital I work for has become a sort of sorority where only friends and family are given priority and any chance for promotions. New grads are being hired for administrative leader positions over more qualified, experienced nurses. I love my job, but am a bit disillusioned by this. Is this commonplace these days?
Feeling Left Out
Dear Donna replies:
Dear Feeling Left Out
It’s always challenging to respond to this type of question without knowing all the details. The culture and practices of each place of employment and even each department can vary. Likewise, the perception of that culture and those practices also can vary depending on where one stands.
Many new nurses can’t find hospital work on any shift in any position these days so the hiring practice you mention related to new nurses is not commonplace. What makes someone qualified for a position is open to interpretation. There are times when individuals with a certain educational background are hired into a position over someone with experience but no degree. Education is becoming more important for many reasons. Plus many new nurses today are coming into nursing with extensive experience in business and management even though they are new to nursing. I’m not saying this is the case where you work because I simply don’t know. I am trying to present a balanced perspective.
Related to the “sorority” environment you describe, I can only offer if you don’t feel you workplace is friendly and professional, it may be time to look for a new position. Read Knowing when it’s time to move on (www.Nurse.com/Cardillo/Move-On).
The other possibility is for you to find a mentor who can advise and support you in getting more of what you want out of your current job and your career in general. Read In search of the right mentor
I do hope you are an active member of your professional nursing associations such as the ANA (www.nursingworld.org). Networking and socializing with those outside of your place of employment helps to give a point of reference about practices and behaviors in other institutions. It also gives you an opportunity to see how you get along with others in different settings to help you gauge if you really need to move on or if there are ways you can improve your own networking, assertiveness and communication skills to perhaps achieve more of what you want in your current place of employment. Again, these are simply thoughts and suggestions based on the limited information I have of your situation.
In any case, you are clearly dissatisfied with aspects of your current situation. At the very least start getting out to nursing/healthcare networking events to see if the grass really is greener at other places of employment. There also is no harm in launching a discreet job search just to test the waters and see what else is out there. The bottom line is you, and only you, are in control of your career. So if you’re not happy, some action is required on your part.