Quote from MaravillosaRN
I recently applied for an RN position out of state. After less than 8hrs of applying I got a call from the nurse recruiter asking for an interview. I was so excited. I spent whatever little money I had bought a ticket and went to the interview. The first person I met on the day of the interview was the nurse recruiter who is also part of HR I guess. She spent 5 min telling me about the benefits & salary then took me to the nurse manager of the unit I applied for.I thanked her before she left, smiled and stuff. My interview went really well, I didn't feel that nervous. Then I shadowed a nurse for almost 4hrs. At the end the nurse manager told me to give her about 2 weeks because she still had more interviews.I sent thank you letters to both the manager & the recruiter. About a week later I got an e-mail from the recruiter thanking me for my interest in the company but unfortunately they are looking at other candidates whose qualifications better meet the needs of the unit. I was devastated an cried my eyes out. Later I decided to contact the nurse manager for some constructive criticism. She answered the phone remembered me who I was and told me that she hasn't made a decision yet because she is still doing interviews and will let me know. When I told her the recruiter emailed me a letter of rejection she said she doesnt understand why because she didn't decide yet. So basically the recruiter lied to me and tried to eliminate me before the race is even over. It's strange that on paper I looked so good to her that she called in less than 8hrs and after she met me she's trying to eliminate me.Sadly the 1st thing that came to my mind was that maybe she wasn't too pleased with my skin color. Maybe I'm wrong. So what do you think? What would you do if you were me? Thanks.
I think there could be a myriad of reasons why you weren't hired, and I think that the nurse manager does not owe you any constructive criticism.
Some reasons could be that they may have been hiring for an inside job. They have already found who they want, but need to keep interviewing to keep "it fair". They want someone with more experience. They want someone with a higher degree. They want someone that they will not have to pay moving expenses for. Your shadow experience did not go so well as you thought.
I once worked with a wonderful blond nurse, she got fired from a pt's room and a big stink was made because the pt stated she was racist. I never could understand it, and Jenny never stood up for herself. It came down to Jenny almost getting fired over this pt saying Jenny was racist. Then it came out that Jenny's husband and her children were black. All of a sudden, Jenny wasn't a racist, and what had happened was the pt was an angry person, who was upset with his dx, his life, and in emotional pain and taking it out on the world.
I think if you look hard enough for racism, you will find it. I am not saying that racism doesn't happen, but I think it gets thrown around too often and too casually. A lot of nurses are not getting jobs because there are not enough jobs to go around...and not all of them are persons of race.