...got picked for what job??? a management position?? a lead nurse position??? a routine clinic nurse job dealing with outpatients/people (vets) in the community???.....
not knowing you personally or your character (i.e. how you come across at work to others) makes it difficult for anyone to answer your question.
you need to realize that job openings, when filled, are not
solely based upon certificates you hold, years of experience, etc. often times it is how you come across during the interview. additionally, you do not have to be a psych nurse to "have" psych experience. all nurses deal with psych issues, whether they realize it or not. med-surg and er patients in particular often
have secondary (underlying) diagnoses that involve, bipolar disorders, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, etc. so the other nurses you referenced do have experience dealing with psych patients whether you which to admit that or not. as for the new nurse with one year of experience, you did not indicate what her previous
work experience/background consisted of or do you even know??? .
maybe, he/she is an ex-vet, has previous experience working at a clinic or in a similar environment, worked on an outpatient treatment team (...whether as a nurse or not...)
behind the scenes much
information that you are not
privey to holds the key as to why one person got a job over another. additionally, i have found that nurses who hold certificates in certain fields tend to hold themselves in a "holier than thou" positions and have superior/self righteous attitudes when they do not need to. often, perceiving themselves as "better" than others because of a certificate. i'm not
referencing you here, ....i'm just saying (in general)....
but, you may need to ask yourself, "how
???" do i work well with others (not just other nurses but with secretaries, aides, techs, etc.)
ask yourself, "do i interview well?" have your previous annual performance reviews been positive? ask yourself, "did i come across as "a cockey psych know-it-all" during the interview?"
when you find the answer to these questions, you may have an idea as to "why" you did not get the position.
if it bothers you that much that you did not get the position that you seem to feel you had easily "in the bag," maybe you should ask the hiring
entities where you
were "lacking" in the interview process. just ask in a professional manner what you need to do to make improvements, if necessary, should another position become available.
no offense, just my 2 cents; but....just playing devil's advocate here in response to your question....
find out the answers to the questions
, talk to the individuals that made the final hiring decision....set your mind at ease once you receive the results....and.....make changes, if necessary, in order to prepare for the next job opening that becomes available.