Hello, I am a recent MSN graduate with a focus in Nurse Education. A few years back, I applied for the hospital scholarship
and was accepted. At the end of my graduate degree, I was paying out of pocket because I'd exhausted the amount of money that I could use, but was told the 2 years does not begin until I obtained my MSN degree.
Shortly after I received the scholarship, the hospital was taken over by a large corporation. This corporation added their own scholarship, opening the doors for opportunities at their other facilities. My scholarship limits me to this very small rural hospital. I am just beginning the 2 year time frame that I owe them. I have applied for 3 Clinical Nurse Educator positions here at my hospital since obtaining my MSN. I have been passed over every time due to lack of experience. I have been here at this hospital since 2010, although I am not from the area, I feel that I often network and have proved to work well with others. I performed my practicum in our Education Department, and have been asked back on several occasions to teach small courses to new nurses.
At this point, I feel defeated. I feel like I cannot grow within my current facility and the scholarship is holding me back. My scholarship was for $18k (I received my BSN during the MSN program) and so I debate leaving. Two years is a long time to apply and wonder will I get passed over again and again. How am I supposed to gain experience if I cannot leave and if my hospital wont give that experience to me?
Each time the interview seems to go great, they tell me that they will reach out soon; I send my thank you note only to get the response that a better candidate has come along. I know others have gotten out of the "old hospital" scholarship and I know others who tried and could not. I just do not know what to do, wait out the two years or fight the scholarship due to lack of opportunity to utilize my degree?
Nov 21, '17
My advanced practice is in Forensic Nursing (AFN-BC) but I have a MSN (Education Track). I currently work managing the sexual assault and domestic violence cases at my hospital. I work in the Clinical Resource Department and I am often mistaken for a social worker (ultimately I am/supposed to be a Case Manager working with sexual assault/dv patients). Unfortunately, my position will be phasing out (it has already been mentioned, my position works under a grant). The DV cases and sexual violence cases are low in my area, so therefore I have been taking those cases and working as a Case Manager for the ICU as well. But the cases for sexual assault and dv has been so low (which is good for the community, bad for my career) that I might as well just be the ICU case manager only. The SANEs and the advocates will be transitioning the patient into safe places, after exams, from the hospital and I will no longer be consulted for this (unless I perform the exam). I should mention that ANCC has recently decided to retire the AFN-BC, so nothing but good news (insert sarcasm).
Last edit by ForensicNurse2997 on Nov 21, '17