I went for a job interview today and when they took me in and sat me down it was the Nurse Manager and a guy she said was the floor supervisor. They were nice and all but I didn't get the impression she really thought I was capable of doing the job, however, when I got home there was a message on the answering machine from the hospital and when I called back they said she wanted to offer me the position and that orientation was in two weeks.
I'm still struggling with the decision (it's so hard to leave the baby, I almost can't bear the thought.)
1.)If I decide not to accept the job I know I need to let them know ASAP but what is the courteous way to do it?
2.)Will they be angry about it or will I still be able to apply for a job there later? Or is this more like being recruited in the army?
3.)Assuming I took the job, what exactly is telemetry?
4.)Is there a list of common drugs they use on this floor?
5.)What would my responsibilities be?
6.)What kind of skills do I need to brush up on? I was as honest as I could be and told them I really had no skills.
I'm scared and having a lot of anxiety over this. I looked at my baby just now and started bawling. I don't know if I can handle this. Maybe I should go get on public assistance or something. Just don't know if I can deal with it.
Here's a recent thread regarding telemetry and what's it all about
Last edit by CaLLaCoDe on Aug 27, '07
In the telemetry unit you are monitoring mostly heart patients admitted there for observation. They are hooked up to monitors. Also when they leave the ICU they might still need monitoring more than the med-surg floor. It is like the step down from our ICU unit (or at least that is how it is at our local hospital). I live in a smaller town. It is a lot of rule out MI's et rule out CVAs, post heart cath, ect.
If you decide not to take it, I would just say that after careful consideration you do not think it is a right fit right now and you hope that they will keep your resume on file for a future position. I would not see why you could not get on at a later date. It is better to be up front than to take the job and quit soon down the road.
I would guess that they will teach you to read your monitor strips and such things you need to know. I have never worked in a hospital setting. IVs is one thing you would need to know. And much about the cardiac meds, heparin, ect.
Could you afford to work part-time instead of full-time? I know how you feel going back to work after baby. I did it three times and it killed me each time. Good luck with your decision.
Last edit by fultzymom on Aug 27, '07
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