I'm really sorry that it seems like they misunderstood you. You do realize that being an FNP (Family
Nurse Practitioner) usually means that you care for children and pregnant women as well, and thus fairly extensive training in those areas would be required? Perhaps that is where they got the idea that the pediatric field would still be important to your career. Something drew you to maternity initially, and now you are focused on a more diverse field that still includes maternity and peds to some degree. Just a thought.
Unfortunately, since you just got the letter, it appears the decision has been made and the candidates have all been notified that they did/did not receive it. I'm sure there are many people who still think they deserve the award (and I'm sure you DO deserve the award, but likely these other applicants were very impressive as well) and many would like to urge the judges to reconsider. Several of these applicants are probably kicking themselves over one or two answers that they could have changed as well.
It's always disappointing when we miss out on an opportunity that seemed so perfect- especially when it seems like we could have done something different to get that opportunity. However, it's totally possible that even if you had answered the question differently the other applicants still would have been chosen. That's hard to hear, but it's a possibility.
The good news is that it sounds like you have some very impressive qualifications and your resume/application is very professional and well done. That should really be helpful as you continue your job search
. When one door closes, another opens, and you never know what great opportunities are waiting for you. Best of luck!