I am an LVN in California & I have an Interview for Correctional Nursing. I really don't know what to expect as far as the interviewing process, and would like some suggestions or tips.
What kinds of questions did thay ask you?
Were the majority of questions asking about you & your work ethic? Or Reasons for wanting to be a prison nurse?
Were the questions mostly about nursing skills, treatments, and pharm?
Any and all responses would help ease the anxiety
I have been out of school for over a year, and I feel like I can't correctly answer any thing they may ask me. I hope it's just my nerves getting the best of me.
I conduct a lot of interviews for medical correctional personnel. Maybe I can offer a few pointers to help you out.
First of all, be truthful. Don't try to manufacture experience you don't have. If they ask you about any prior work with inmates and you don't have any, there is nothing wrong with saying that. Follow it up by saying that you are intrigued by the possibility of working in an environment unlike anywhere you have worked before. If you have heard good things about correctional nursing, insert them here, with one exception: If anyone has told you that it is "easy", don't mention that. If the job is easy it isn't being done right, anyway.
You may be asked about your feelings about being in close proximity to inmates, or what you expect to be different between correctional nursing and the areas of nursing you have worked in. Your response should include awareness of your surroundings, maintaining proper professional distance, securing sharps, and never going anywhere alone with an inmate. It also never hurts to include in most answers that you would follow facility policy.
We include a hypothetical situation question about an inmate flattering a nurse by saying that she is the best nurse and no one else seems to care. The response we are looking for is that the nurse sees this as a potential manipulation, that she will continue to maintain proper professional distance and that she will not allow the inmate to split staff.
Another piece of advice: Answer the question clearly and concisely, then stop talking. I cannot tell you how many prospective employees have talked their way out of a potential job offer with information they volunteered while filling time after they answered a question.
Last edit by Orca on May 1, '13