I totally understand what you mean about respecting a rank before it's awarded and building leadership qualities. With that said, they're going to diminish the average experience of nurses that they hire since more seasoned nurses may not find this offer as appealing. I'm not at all dogging newer nurses, but it just seems silly to group everyone into one tidy category. If they want to start everyone off as an O-2, then they need to change the timeline for advancement. I haven't read the policy (I'm going to nag him again today to send it to me), but I wonder what they do for those that have advanced education. I'd be really angry if I had say 10 years as a BSN nurse, completed an advanced degree, and then had a few years of advanced practice under my belt. At least I only have a few years that won't be counted and not several.
Also, I feel the interview process is so lengthy and the questions so specific, that we have the chance to provide examples of ways we've demonstrated leadership. The skills may not be developed to the point where they want them to be, but we still have to show the capability.
If I had known about this prior to swearing in and signing my paperwork, I probably wouldn't be as frustrated. I'd still think the policy was nonsense, but I wouldn't feel as deceived by my recruiter. I understand he claims it was incompetence and unintentional, but it's still annoying.
This wasn't the only option for me, so I'm going to take the weekend to evaluate whether it's still the shiniest option. I'm going out of town so maybe a little distance and a lot of booze will help me have a fresh and more appreciative perspective on the situation.
Do you know yet when you leave for COT and where you'll be going after that? Where in TN are you from -- is that too personal or a violation of T&C?