I just finished my interview with St. Elizabeth yesterday. Overall I felt "OK" with the whole interview. I got nervous towards the middle of the interview (well, who wouldn't with 4 MDAs and 3 CRNAs there) and stuttered and had to clear my throat with my bottled water...Yikes! They saw that I was nervous and deep inside, I was hitting myself over the head with a 2x4 to "snap out of it"
Has anyone fumbled (well, i thought i fumbled) with a clinical question?
During the start of the interview, they kept firing away at me, asking the personal-type questions...such as, tell us about you...your background...the hospital that you worked in...your education...etc. THEN, a clinical question from the director, "How do you do a wedge reading?"
Here's where I really hit my head over a 2x4...I had to pause and think about what to say and I wasn't as DETAILED as I wanted to be...mostly because again, I WAS SOOOOO NERVOUS. I basically just told her, well,
"you take the syringe that's attached to the balloon port, unlock the stopcock, inject about 1.5 ccs of air slowly, watch the monitor for the waveform...and get your wedge reading."
She then asked, can you put more air in? To which I said, well, you can, but it's not a good idea. She asked for some of the complications of it...to which I answered, well, you can "pop" the balloon, you can cause anuerysm of the PA, and when inserting the catheter, the tip can "tickle" the ventricle and cause arrythmias, and also cause the pt resp distress if the balloon is left inflated for a long time.
THIS IS WHERE I FELT I FUMBLED!
I know this stuff, and for some reason - maybe from being watched by all these clinicians, I failed to be SPECIFIC and DETAILED on my answer.
After everyone left, I stayed behind and the director talked to me about the program...ie the requirements, study obligations, the organization, etc. She was actually very nice, eventhough she came across as being a "drill sargeant (did I spell it right?)".
Overall, I think they liked me. I made sure that I didn't come across as someone who was "cocky" and a know it all. I'm NOT a know it all. I remained very humble during the interview...and hopefully, they saw that I have the DRIVE to do this.
Well, I'll keep you guys posted.