I will graduate from nursing school
with a BSN in May '05 and will be interviewing for an open heart unit (O.H.U.) position. I haven't formally interviewed with the nurse manager yet, but I have discussed my interests in working with vasoactive meds, lines, and vents. I made no mention of wanting to pursue anesthesia school. The nurse manager has told me that the orientation program for new grads is "second to none" and said that it costs $40,000 to train a new graduate to be an O.H.U. nurse. There are currently several nurses on the unit who are getting their experience for N.A. school. I have a hunch that this manager will ask for a 2-year time commitment from me during the interview. Here are my questions for critical care nurses who interviewed for a critical care unit who knew that they wanted to go to N.A. school:
1) What did you say when you were asked a "Where do you see yourself in 5 yrs" type question?
2) Were you asked to commit to a certain # of years? If so, how did that work, i.e. did you sign a legal and binding document, verbalize an agreement, etc.?
3) Would your supervisor and co-workers sign recommendation forms for you even though you only had very minimal time out of orientation?
I want to approach this interview with ethics and good character while staying true to my long term goals. I sincerely appreciate any help you could offer a soon-to-be new graduate.