I work nights on a 40 bed medical unit, and there is a manager over our unit. Then there are two supervisors for each shift (night and day). So one of the night supervisors is resigning, and the floor is gossiping (obviously) about who will replace him. There are three or four experienced RN's (in their 50's) but they don't want the job. Then there are four or five of us RN's who have been working on this floor (right out of school) for almost two years. Then there are about ten RN's who started right out of school last summer.
I was having a discussion with one of the LPN's that works here, and he said that he didn't think that any of us 2year nurses were qualified for the job. Then he backtracked and said that this one nurse is more qualified than I am because:
1. she has a BSN and I don't. I do have a BS and a Masters degree in another field, but an associates in nursing.
2. she has "been here for a long time". She was a tech here before she was an RN, and I came here right after nursing school
Obviously point one is a bone of contention. I am not denigrating the BSN, but I don't think it makes that much difference at this point.
Point two has nothing to do with her being more qualified than me. We are talking about a person who spent four years at college, worked as a tech for her last year of nursing school (part of the program), and passed her boards six months after I did. I, on the other hand, spent three years as a CNA in a nursing home, then I was an LPN for one year, charge nurse in a nursing home, etc. Then I graduated nursing school, and started my current job almost two years ago. I'm not saying I'm more or less qualified than she is, just that we are both equally qualified.
It just bothers me that someone would say I'm not qualified for something that I think I truly am. The funny thing is that I'm not even sure I want the job (it's kind of a hassle, plus it's salary).
So my question for all of you is this: At what point is someone (generally speaking) qualified to be a nursing supervisor?