Nursing2102 8,349 Views
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Give it 5-6 days and if you dont hear back by the beginning of next week send the manager an email. Definitely wait for the written offer before giving notice.
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!!!
Med Surg is really a good place to get your nursing feet wet. If you don't like it, don't worry, you'll probably only have to stay 1 yr. and then you can move on, with good basics under your belt. I wish you good luck on your tomorrow interview. I hope the interviewer is nicer to you than the previous one. Let everyone know how you make out. Remember...confidence is key. There are things you have no control over, don't fret. In a couple years (2-3) this will all be a bad memory.
Don't fret over something you have no control over. If you get the job, you get it. If you don't, you're in a good position to eventually get a job at the hospital. My question is, can the hospital keep you on as tech with an RN license? I didn't think they were allowed to hire you below your license.
As far as float pool, I don't think they'll do that to you. Float pool was the job I coveted when I graduated. I was a mature graduate (58 yrs old). They told me I needed to learn the charting and my way around the hospital. I did 3 mos. orientation on an ortho floor (I hated it). I did one month orientation on night shift, same floor. Then they posted a request for people to float to another floor. I signed up and it was my lucky day, I did 2 months orientation on Tele. and after being a nurse for only 9 months, I was float pool. Every day for the next 2 years I prayed and was scared to death when I went to work. However, after 2 yrs, I knew everyone in the hospital and got the most choice assignments. I did take some bad assignments, but they knew they could count on me if they needed someone whether I was scheduled or not. The reason I liked float pool so much was you don't get involved in the politics of the floor.
I recently had an interview where the nurse manager told me that she hires strong nurses. --ok, that's good--
She continues to tell me that everytime she ends up in HR with her nurses, HR asks why she keeps hiring such strong nurses ------um, yeah. Are in HR often with your nurses??
I was asked "if you were an animal, which one would you be and why"
I replied "a monkey, because they have thumbs"
I did not get the job.
Some of the questions this manager asked are pretty standard. I've been asked the nursing journal one and the conference one many times. I don't read journals and I don't go to conferences, and I tell them so. I tell them that I prefer to use facility approved resources to get my CEU's so that I am practicing per the state's nursing act and per facility policy. Hasn't been an issue so far.
I think where you went wrong with the continuing education part was in assuming she meant another degree, when she probably meant CEUs (continuing education units, in case you aren't familiar). Depending on your state, it is a requirement to have a certain number of CEUs to renew your license. It is also an industry expectation that nurses keep their practice current by constant learning, as healthcare is ever changing. An example is the back and forth over inflating a Foley cath balloon before placement. Currently, the consensus is that testing the balloon can weaken it, that the balloon will never fully deflate once stretched, and that the newly stretched balloon can cause microtears that are a source for infection. (I'm just using this as an example in case you weren't aware, most new grads are taught to inflate the balloon.)
I think you recovered well on the certification question.
I do think it's odd that she was interviewing you for the whole hospital. Usually the second interview is unit specific. However, I guess if they have a new grad program, she could be interviewing you for all the new grad spots in the facility.
As far as not having a copy of your resumé with you, this is a common newbie mistake.
Here are my tips for interviewing:
1) Bring extra pens, a list of questions that you need answered, and five copies of your resumé. Why five? In case they like you so much they pull in nurses from the unit for an immediate panel interview.
2) Bring a notepad or scratch paper to write answers to your questions and any important info you need to know, such as the interviewer's name. They should give you a business card, but if they don't, make sure to get a phone number and email address.
3) Don't be afraid to take your time and think about the questions. I tell interviewers all the time, "Hmmm, that's an interesting question. Give me a minute to think about that." They're more impressed that you know you don't have a quick answer than they are by fumbling.
4) Good questions for a new grad to ask are a) how long will my orientation be b) what are my unit resources (charge nurse, educator, clinical manager, etc.) c) can my orientation be extended if I feel I need more time d) how will I be evaluated e) when will I be evaluated, and of course, what are my next steps.
Good luck! I hope you did get accepted and that you don't have to work for that person. She sounds kind of... off.
As far as her having been my boss: She mentioned I was interviewing for the "whole hospital" and not for just her unit. When I told other people she said this they said it may be for the float pool or that after they decide to offer the job they tell you what floor you will be sent to (strange I know).
Also as far as the journal question - having been in research for many years prior to nursing I always read at least 1 abstract prior to interviewing as part of my prep. Usually something from the place I was interviewing. That may be s little different in nursing but something to think about.
I know it would've been ideal to start soon & work at that hospital but from the sounds of things, why would you want her to be your boss? It would *not* have been ideal, it probably would've been hell. You got lucky by being able to be on the in & ask questions about her. Take it as a blessing if you don't get that job.
She sounds like a witch and I think you dodged a bullet.
Next time, give enthusiastic answers that you know they want to hear, like a politician running for office. "Are you interested in continuing education? " "Oh yes, I'm excited to continue expanding my knowledge base. I look forward to it!"
Um...only thoughts are...that I wouldn't want to work for that manager and always always have a copy of your resume at the interview. A general rule in nursing is that you can only depend on yourself to be prepared. If somebody else helps you out, always check their work. Those questions were unfair questions for a new grad.
I wouldn't care if they did. They put me down for joining the military. That hurt. But I have long since stopped caring what people who don't pay my bills or live my life, think.
This thread is really disheartening for the number of parents who squash their kids and say mean, hurtful things.
I hope all of us who've been on the receiving end are intent on breaking the cycle.
Many hospitals will let you if you are a student nurse, or they have student nurse positions (which is still a CNA really). I HIGHLY recommend this. Its hard work, its not glamorous, and its not even fun. But you see a lot, you really learn what patient's experience and you hear a lot of stories about all kinds of things. I wish every nurse had to be a student nurse/cna for a while.
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