CHOA Peds test.. what it's like!
0Jun 13, '11 by KayRN910So, there's like, a HUNDRED posts on here asking about the Children's Healthcare of Atlanta Prep test they make you take to get hired, but NOBODY actually replies that has taken it.
So, I will tell you that I took it. It's based off the HESI pediatric exam (which they told me in the phone interview). You have to make a 750 or 800 or something to pass. Basically, it was just like pediatric NCLEX questions.
Know normal growth and development (What would you expect a 4 yr old to do, what would be therapeutic to a toddler) and know the conditions that are PEDIATRIC SPECIFIC. Seriously, there was maybe one question on CHF that would apply to kids and adults.
If you've been in adult care for a while, I would suggest looking over those things, because I have worked with only adults for the last year, and had I not been a semi-freshly new grad, not sure I would have known a lot of those questions.
Good luck everybody!
0Jul 14, '11 by HopefulRN2010Thanks so much for posting this! I just scheduled my interview for Monday, and have been looking EVERYWHERE for information on this test. They told me on the phone it was just like NCLEX but I kind of figured it would be more related to the peds side! Are you currently working at CHOA or did you just have your interview? Any other information you have on the interview process would be greatly appreciated! Thanks again!
0Jul 16, '11 by KayRN910Hey there!!
Actually start next week! Very excited!
You should look mostly at congenital disorders. but if you are a new grad and just studied for the NCLEX, it doesn't be too bad for ya.
I interviewed with the nurse recruiter and the director on the same day. They asked a LOT, LOT of situational questions. The recruiter with more general questions like weaknesses, conflict with coworkers, ect. Director asked clinical specific questions like, deal with family members, a patient that took a turn for the worse, ect.
It did take them over 2 weeks to offer me the job, so if it takes a bit, dont worry.
Good luck!!! What unit you interviewing for? Or do you know yet?
0Jul 17, '11 by HopefulRN2010Thanks so much! And Congratulations! That is very exciting!
I actually have a year of experience but it's with adults, so I'm pretty sure I'll have to refresh!
They scheduled everything in the same day. I start with the test, then go to the recruiter, and then the assistant nurse managers.
I'm interviewing for the PICU! Where did you get hired (If you don't mind me asking)?
And again I am so excited for you! Congrats again!
0Jul 18, '11 by HopefulRN2010Thanks so much for everything! I passed the test! And they invited me back to shadow...not sure what to think about that?!? But I'll take it And I interviewed for the PICU at Egleston.
Congrats on the transplant job, that sounds amazing! Good luck!! That is very exciting!
0Jul 18, '11 by KayRN910Ohhh, shadow is a good, good sign!! Congrats!! That's so awesome!
I'm so excited to start! I start orientation one week from today. So far it seems like a really, really awesome place to work. Have you gotten that vibe? And I have been quite impressed with their process after you get offered a job. It all seems very well put together.
I will send good vibes your way!!!
0Jul 20, '11 by HopefulRN2010I'm hoping shadowing is a good sign! I'm scheduled next thursday, so I'll keep you posted!
You'll have to keep me posted on your orientation process! I'm so excited for you! And I definitely get the vibe that it is a great place to work. If you look on the forums about CHOA everyone talks about if they leave CHOA they all want to come right back!
Thanks for everything by the way! And I'll def keep you posted!
0Jul 29, '11 by pjp2u2Hi there HopefulRN! Just wanted to know how you liked your shadow experience...I work in the PICU at Egleston currently and would love to hear your thoughts, especially since you said you came from the adult world! Hopefully everything went well for you and I will be seeing you soon!