I have an interview @ a (suburban) family practice clinic in a couple days and was hoping I could get some advice on things to ask/look out for during the interview, as well as questions to prepare for!
I have been a nurse (RN) for 2 years; however, I have spent them working only PT or per diem, as I have been completing my bachelor's degree (in psychology, long story..) full-time for the past 2 years. Also, I have only worked in psych--so my medical background is limited.
I love psych, but in my job search fervor, I applied to a handful of community health & primary care clinics, as I have always had an interest in that area, and because the job market is such that I couldn't count on a full-time psych job that would meet my needs. I am excited about the opportunity, as it would be a great way to get some medical experience without doing med/surg, and explore primary care (I am interested in both FNP and Psych NP programs for the future).
*So*, I would love any advice on questions I should ask and things I should prepare for in the interview. I have heard/read a lot about clinic nurses having to (regularly) stay late after their shifts to finish documentation, or be frantically faxing prescriptions and manning the phones for the entire shift. What has been your experience, and how would you suggest (delicately) exploring this issue in the interview?
Also, the pay is low (HR said they "ran the pay rate for my experience" and it was 22.70...$5 dollars less than what I make now @ my hospital job (base pay, not PD), and $2-3 less than my other psych job, *but* the hours are 3 days 8-5 and one day 8-8 -- I'm assuming no w/e and holidays..the ad specifies either an RN or LPN could take the position. --- How flexible do you think they might be (if I was to ask for 24 or 25?)
I know I will gain a lot more info during the interview when I see the facility & speak with the other nurses, but I would love your input!!