Try being beat out for a position by a high school educated former drug addict because Mommy has seniority! :angryfire This happened to me in a clinical health care setting. Don't worry, it was an administrative position. I was still angry none the less.
However, I came to understand what some of the other posters have mentioned, promotions and jobs are based on who you know and not necessarily about what you know
. With that said, I agree that what happened was unfair. On the other hand, I doubt the people who thought that your friend was perfect for the position would have felt OK with your friend getting the position.
I believe lots of people are not the best performers. Only one nurse can be the best. The others will be "very good" or "OK". Plus, most people want another way to get a job to give him/her an edge over more or equally qualified applicants. Now the unit knows that being a good nurse, knowing the right people, and
having seniority is the way of getting promoted.
On the other hand, if your friend had gotten promoted over the other nurse it might have set a bad tone for the unit and caused moral to drop. The unit may have felt that he/she does not have a shot because he/she is and will not be the best nurse no matter how long he/she works on the unit.
I also agree with the above poster that there may be other factors at play about which your friend may never know. Just some thoughts.
:smilecoffeecup: <- I am only putting this here because my 2 year old thinks it is funny.