I think I'm flattered, but I'm also a little worried. One of the senior nurses in our trust has approached me to apply for an E-grade post in Elderly Medicine. I've only been at that hospital since December as a D-grade in Haematology. Previously I worked agency in Neurosurg ITU/HDU and Surg OPD for a year after graduating. There was a delay in processing my UKCC/NMC application, then I had to do an adaptation period, so while I have been out of uni for 2 yrs, I've only been full-time on the wards with all the responsibilities that entails for a few months.
I'm chuffed to bits that she thinks I'm up to the job, but I'm not so sure. I consider myself to be a fairly new nurse. The post is in elderly care, and after working in nursing homes since I was 17, I really don't want to go back into that area. I don't think it's any less serious or important, I've just had enough of it to last me a good few years yet. I'm also really enjoying the haematology side of our ward - there's a lot of gen. med too, but I'm really keen on doing courses etc on the different therapies they offer.
They're very big on upward movement through the ranks at this hospital and I'm concerned that my unwillingness to apply for this post (I've been told by two G grades that it's a sure thing) will look bad on my work record.
What do I do?