Nursing2102 (6,021 Views)
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I feel like todays interview went really well! I interviewed with the nurse manager of the med-surge unit and she was MUCH friendlier than the other manager who interviewed me at the hospital I work at. The questions she asked were very straight forward and typical nursing questions. I didn't get any about nursing journals or nursing conferences but if I did I would have been prepared! lol.
At the end of the interview she told me she wanted to bring me to the unit to show me around. She introduced me to the nurses who were on duty and showed me the break room, clean utility, etc. We finished chatting in her office and I asked her about following up and she said to give the nursing recruitment office about a week or so to hear back from them. She was glad to see I did my capstone on a med-surge floor in a hospital that is affiliated with this one so I know the computer system already etc... I hope it went as well as I felt it did. I'll be following up in about a week to see! Wish me luck!!!
I am a recent grad (May 2015) and I passed my NCLEX in June. I have been working for hospital "X" as a nursing assistant for 2 1/2 years. Prior to passing the NCLEX I had contacted the nurse recruiter for hospital "X" to inquire about applying for position as an RN. After scheduling the NCLEX she met with me for interview #1 and it went well. She then scheduled me for a second interview with a nurse manager and said as long as everything goes well then I should start in August!
So: 2nd interview comes around. The nurse manager who interviewed me seemed pretty nice.....
We sat down in the conference room and she opened my file the nursing recruiter had given her and for some reason my resume was not included in the folder. She asked if I had a copy on me and I stupidly didn't bring one because I assumed the nurse recruiter put it in my file which was the case when I interviewed for hospital "X" the first time when I applied for the nursing assistant position 2 1/2 years ago. The nurse manager said it wasn't a big deal and we continued with the interview.
I felt that the interview went pretty well aside from a few questions. Some questions were "How do you feel about continuing education" and "How do you feel about certifications".
I said I'm definitely open to continuing education if my job called for it although I wasn't sure at this time when and in what I would continue my nursing education/go back for my masters. She said "its not about if the job calls for it, its kind of an expectation" almost in a rude tone. I said "well I am open to going back to school for my masters eventually." She then was saying how nurses are life-long learners as if I said something that made it seem like I wasn't interested in continuing my education? I responded by saying "I knew going into the nursing profession that nurses are life-long learners and continuing education is expected to always learn and keep on top of the changing medical profession etc..."
The next question was about certification. She literally asked "Do you know what certifications are?" Again in a rude way, as if I am a moron and don't know what certifications are. I said "Yes, I am aware of certifications." She said "how do you feel about certifications?" I told her I definitely plan on becoming certified in areas that relate to the field of nursing I go into which is hopefully cardiac (since hospital X is a cardiac hospital). She says "So you are saying you would only get certifications in something you are interested in?" again in a very rude tone and she had a confused look on her face when asking that. I said "Yes, well for example: if I am not on an oncology floor than there is no need to become a certified oncology nurse. I will get certifications that will allow me to better myself in the career field that I am in."
She also asked me if I attend nursing conferences...... I honestly said I haven't because I have just finished school and have been studying for the NCLEX but I plan on attending in the future.
Lastly, she asked what nursing journals I read.... again, as if I have HAD THE TIME to read nursing journals.... I just BS-ed and said I haven't been reading journals but I am very into the American Heart Association and now that I am done with school I plan on becoming a member of the AHA as I go onto their website and read articles often etc.....
At the very end of the interview she asked if I had any vacations planned and if I prefer day or night shifts, and then asked if I had any questions and after I asked her 2 questions: one of which was about what happens next/best way to follow up. She said "well we still have other applicants to go through and we still want to talk to the managers on your unit, then you will be hearing from nursing recruitment once we make our decision."
So after walking out of the conference room she joked and said "so I guess I don't need to show you out?" (since I work there already), we laughed and shook hands, I thanked her for taking the time to meet with me and that was it.
My red flags for this interview:
I have heard rumors about only being allowed to remain working as a nursing assistant for 6 months after I pass my NCLEX. I haven't heard anything directly from my manager nor have I asked because I want to keep this job until I land my first RN position.
The nursing recruiter comes back from vacation this weekend and i'll be following up with her about the interview. Luckily, I just heard from another recruiter this morning from a different hospital today and I am scheduled for an interview tomorrow at 3pm! I'm glad I heard back from another place because I have been applying like crazy to hospitals for the past week. This position I am interviewing for tomorrow is for a med-surge floor. Wish me luck!
Thank you so much for taking the time to write all this. I am very anxious about awaiting the results of this interview. Even though I am 99% sure it didn't go well because of the impression I was getting from her towards the middle/end of the interview, I still have that 1% hope that I still got it!
Thanks again for the tips for interviewing. I will use them along with the experience from this interview to make sure I am extra-prepared for future interviews!
Yeah I am nervous about the float pool idea, this hospital just incorporated a float pool and I feel like the are trying to get more people into it. If I somehow get the job and it ends up being for solely her unit I will not accept the position.
Thanks for your responses!
I forgot to mention: another question she asked me was "Tell me: who has been your favorite manager on your unit?" (referring to the unit I work on as a nursing assistant.)............... honestly? That is a ridiculously inappropriate question. Who has been my favorite manager? Wow... I said "All my managers have been great, my current manager goes above and beyond and is always willing to help on the floor."
Ughh this job would have been ideal cause I would have started in just 3-4 weeks. Now I may have to wait months to hear back from other places. Wish me luck....
You need to sit down and calculate what it will cost for you to complete a nursing program. Add that to your current debt, and odds are it will likely be over 100k.... which is a considerable amount of money.
Someone I know went back to become a CRNA and she has debt well over $150,000.
If I were you I would just do it, and then once I was finished I would literally put as much of my paycheck into loans until I was done paying them off (easier said than done I'm sure.)
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