Dear Nurse Beth,
I have been in dialysis for 30 years 8 PCT, 15 Lpn and 7+ Rn. I am a clinical manager. I have tried to get promoted to administrator and keep getting passed up. Most recently to an Lpn and an administrative assistant. I have asked my supervisor what I'm doing wrong and she says I am not doing anything wrong. I feel like they won't promote me as they can't get anyone else to do what I am doing. Am I delusional?
Dear Passed Over for Promotion,
It can be frustrating when you believe you can do the job and are passed over. There can be many reasons why you are not being promoted.
The most common one is they felt another candidate was more qualified than you. Promotion is not always based on your performance in your current role. Tenure is not considered sufficient reason to promote staff as it once was. What skills are required for the job, and do you have them?
Rather than asking your boss what you did wrong, ask her what you can to do to succeed. Ask for her advice.
How are your soft skills, such as conflict management, teamwork and communication? Do you respond well to constructive feedback? Employers look for employees who have shown they can think like leaders, exude professionalism, and take initiative.
Finally, if you decide you are not going to be promoted where you are, look elsewhere. Sometimes employers prefer to hire from the outside, some prefer to promote upwards. You may get the opportunity you are looking for with another organization.
Author, "Your Last Nursing Class: How to Land Your First Nursing Job"...and your next!