Sorry....this is long!
I am a nurse 3 years out of a BSN program. For two years I worked inpatient oncology and for the past year I have been working in an outpatient infusion clinic. I had a difficult time at first "proving myself" to these nurses that I had earned my way to work this highly-sought-after job. I guess they felt that I hadn't "paid my dues" in the inpatient setting for long enough. Anyway, I have an exemplary educational record (1st in my BSN nursing class), just passed my oncology certification exam, and have very high goals for myself. I love being a staff nurse, but am looking more toward a leadership position. I will be starting my MSN program in August and am looking toward an MSN/MBA track.
Anyway, there is an open Clinical Leader position in the Outpatient Infusion Clinic where I am currently employed. This position entails both clinical and "business" components, including chart audits, scheduling, and payroll responsibilities. According to the requirements, the applicant must have a BSN (I do), have 3 years or greater experience in nursing (I do), and have plans to work toward an MSN (I do). I have been considering applying for the position, but here are my reservations:
1. I am young (26 years old) and still pretty fresh out of school (3 years).
2. I am afraid that the other nurses will not respect me or potentially make my job difficult.
3. I am afraid of rejection or failure (either won't get the job or will fail miserably...)
Nobody that is currently working in the clinic is interested in the position. We currently have 2 serious applicants. One is currently a clinical leader on the night shift on our inpatient oncology unit and, from what I understand, is not truly interested; just wants to move to day shift. He has never worked in an outpatient setting and only oncology experience is the past few months that he has worked on our inpatient unit. The other applicant is a critical care nurse with no oncology experience whatsoever. Our clinic is extremely busy...we have one of the top onc docs in the area and he attracts tons of patients! We see about 50-70 patients per day! I have a very difficult time with potentially hiring someone with NO oncology experience!
As current nurse managers and leaders, what is your opinion? Should I apply for the job? How do I then handle the current staff (if anyone has worked inpatient oncology, you know that it is a dog-eat-dog world for some reason...) Last summer, I was offered a Clinical Leader position in a much smaller Cancer Center at another hospital, and at that point had only 2 years experience! How does the staff typically react to young leaders?