Climate change in a hospital is always difficult, and no organization can rival the VA for making slow, deliberate changes. The wheels of the government turn slowly, and all. Hopefully all of that time is put to good use, deciding what will be best for our vets.
The VA has a promotion system that can only be described as ‘somewhat cumbersome’ if you are being conservative. It is a giant pain in the hind parts if you are being blunt.
I sent in my promotion application, and was denied. Naturally this was quite upsetting to me, as I am already doing the work of the next level. Get your BSN, kids. It matters.
In the VA, you are allowed to apply for reconsideration when things like this happen. I wrote my ‘rebuttal’. Then I received an email from a Nurse Executive. She wanted to meet with me, and I felt like I was being called into the principal’s office to be told that I need to get my BSN if I expect promotion at all.
As usual, I am really glad to admit when I am wrong.
This was awesome! She helped me see what I could do better with my request for reconsideration! She explained how important it is to go into great detail to explain what I have accomplished to paint a picture for our Nursing Professional Standards Board. It was a great explanation and I think it will really help to accomplish my goals. She also said that she would prefer an all BSN RN staff, but that is ok. She still wanted to help me.
Sometimes you just have to trust that your upper management does in fact have your interests and your career development in mind. I may not get my promotion, but at least I know that one of our Nurse Executives really went above and beyond to lift up a fellow nurse and help me reach my goals.
Maybe it is a good time to reconsider the motivations of your Nursing management staff. I did.
Maybe it is time for all of us to lift each other up. Our patients depend on it.
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