Quote from blueflyRN
Hello i'm a new grad and i'm going to have an interview for a cardiac step-down unit. I love cardio and i cannot wait!! Can anyone give me advice on how i should prepare for this interview. what are general questions they might ask, what information/disease process is most common that i should prepare for?
What about for a telephone interview??
You will most likely get the standard interview questions and they will probably ask about your clinical experiences. On a cardiac step-down unit, you will see lots of chest pain, heart failure, valve issues like stenosis and regurgitation, dysrhythmias, MIs, pacemakers/AICDs, anticoagulation, chest tubes, post-cardiac catheterizations. Some patients will have past medical histories of stents or open heart surgeries such as CABG or valve replacements... or might need those interventions in the near future. There tends to be frequent codes on cardiac step-down units. Of course, cardiac patients tend to have many co-morbidities as well such as diabetes, renal insufficiency, pulmonary issues like COPD, other vascular issues like PVD.
I'm not sure all that was helpful in preparing for an interview, but I do think cardiac step-down units can be great places for new grads to start as long as you have adequate support and training. The patients are more stable than ICU patients, but can quickly go south so you have to stay on your toes. Also, in some hospitals, step-down units can administer some IV meds that general care floors can't such as amiodarone drips, low dose dopamine, some even take stable vented patients.
Congrats on the interview and good luck!