In my scholarship interview last week, I told the judges that midwifery is what drew me to nursing, but for several reasons (which I explained to them clearly) I am not interested in midwifery anymore. This was in response to them asking what brought me to nursing. It wasn't something I outright volunteered. I was clear that I am hoping to become an FNP, which they do employ. This hospital does not have peds, l/d, or mother/baby. If I was clear about anything at all, it was that I genuinely do see my future with THEM, and even discussed in detail why. I absolutely nailed that part of the interview.
Anyway, I got this today:
"Good afternoon! The judges have come to a final decision, and unfortunately they have decided on two other candidates for the Nursing Scholarship. Normally we send out a generic letter, but I wanted to personally write to you to tell you how impressed the judges were by you. They thought you were an excellent candidate, and they commented on how great of a nurse they think you will be. What it came down to is that they believe you would be a better fit for Pediatrics (mother/baby ward), which we do not offer that service here.
It was wonderful to meet you, and hopefully in the future we will see you again here at *insert hospital name*. Good luck with your studies!
P.S. Your application was a big hit with the judges and really stood out from the rest. I would continue to do that with other employers
......how do I respond to that? They misunderstood a lot, I think. If this is the only reason I wasn't selected, I am absolutely crushed. Peds and mother/baby are not in my future by any stretch. I want to ask them to reconsider. I want to tell them that they misunderstood. By her email, this scholarship and job that I pretty desperately wanted were mine except for this one thing.