Quote from ireallycare
one years experience as a band 6 or one year experience at any level? a few of my colleagues have said that I will not even be considered for interview for a band 7 post as I have only been qualified a few years. This is my dream job though so I am hopeful. I guess what I am really wondering is how long are people usually qualified before they become band 7 and band 8 nurses. The many band 7 and band 8 nurses that I have met have been qualified for over a decade. I am not sure that experience always counts for alot though.
A practical answer to your question, for a band 6 staff nurse , I ask for at least 2 years at band 5 in that speciality with evidence of professional development , for a band 7 at least 4 years at band 6 with a MSc / MA or studying towards with a relevant qualification in the specialty
Some personal, friendly advice you have only been qualified 3 years, your still just learning the basics of being a qualified nurse, my advice, consolidate your experience, learn your speciality, learn from the experience you don't appear to value. As a matron who recruits to senior positions, I wouldn't shortlist a nurse with your inexperience
Experience counts for a great deal, with experience comes maturity and respect, how to deal with challenges and how to communicate with dignity and respect. Just reading your post above, these would appear to be skills you would benefit from acquiring.