A nursing student has described how she was turned down for a position that would have allowed her to take on an important role in her nursing program.
Ashley Johnson, who is in her second year at Western Illinois University, said she has a hard time imagining being a nurse, despite having done her degree in nursing at the University of Missouri-Columbia.
She said her application to work as an advanced nursing technician was rejected.
Johnson said she did not receive a call from her supervisor, but she did hear from the school about the job opening.
She was told it would be a full-time position, which is why she had to turn down the job.
Johnson’s story is not uncommon.
More than 4,000 nursing assistants nationwide are underrepresented in senior positions, according to the American Nurses Association.
The issue is compounded by the fact that women in nursing are more likely to be employed in lower-paying positions, said Dr. Elizabeth Wielekamp, a senior associate professor of nursing at Northwestern University.
Johnson’s experience illustrates the challenges nursing assistants face when it comes to being able to make the transition from school to nursing, Wieletk said.
“It’s a huge barrier for women to enter nursing and have that opportunity,” Wielettk said, adding that the fact there is a gap in nursing employment for women is a concern.
A number of factors contribute to women’s low representation in senior leadership roles, including: gender-based discrimination, a lack of support from supervisors and nursing home residents, and a lack or lack of opportunity for advancement, Wieslettk added.
Johnson said her school’s leadership team did not take into consideration the challenges of her job, even though she had been a full time student for about a year before the rejection.
“My parents wanted me to finish my degree, and I had been working full time for the school for almost two years before I was offered this position,” Johnson said.
“I was really excited about that and felt like I was making the most of it.”
Johnson said the rejection has had a big impact on her.
She is hoping to eventually apply for a similar position at another nursing school, but said she is frustrated because she feels that if she did get the job, she would have been offered a promotion.
“I feel like I would be the next nurse if I had that opportunity and had the right mentors,” Johnson added.
“That would have given me an opportunity to grow as a nurse and help people,” she said.
Johnson is not alone in being rejected for a nursing position.
Another nursing student at the university, Ashley G. Johnson, said the same rejection happened to her after a job interview in February.
Johnson told Fox News that the first two months of her nursing career were hard.
“I felt really isolated,” she told Fox.
“It was very lonely and very lonely, and there was not much that I could do to make it better.”
Johnson had to endure multiple phone calls, emails and texts to make sure she had a spot in the nursing staff.
She also was told she would be able to transfer to another school, which would have left her with no other option but to go back to school.
As a result, Johnson said she took a job at a nursing home, but not one that was open to her.
Groups such as the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the Association of State Colleges of Nurse Practitioners have created a program called The Path to Success that helps nursing educators reach out to nursing students and encourage them to take the next step in their careers.
“We really do have a lot of nurses who feel like they are struggling in their jobs because they’re not able to do the things that they want to do,” said Dr, Jessica Wielegarden, president and CEO of the AASNP.
“And we think that is a really good thing.
We really do want to encourage people to reach out and look at their options.”