Quote from Cls62011
I'm a new grad RN and I'm starting to get discouraged because I've applied at several places and had a few interviews and haven't landed an RN job yet. I have an interview this week for a neuroscience and spine unit at a fairly large hospital. I really want to land this position! Do any of you have any advice for me? What qualities are they looking for in a nurse on a neuro unit?
Hi, I am a new grad as well. I got a job at a large hospital on their neurosurgery/ neurology unit in southern california. The new grad program starts in Feb. During my interview, they asked the generic interview questions, tell me about yourself, why do you want to be a nurse, tell me about a time you had a challenge and overcame it, why neuro? They told me they look for new grads that will be open minded, dedicated, energetic, flexibile. They know neuro is a challenging unit and its going to be hard. They want us to ask all the questions we have about patient care. They said some new grads come in thinking they know everything and dont ask questions and thats a huge red flag for them. When the director called and offered me the job, she said she really liked my attitude, and energy. I completed CEU's on neuro patients and put that on my resume that I brought it. I also included it in my "tell me about myself" part. I completed my NIH stroke scale A cert, which they were impressed I had the cert already. Is the hospital your interviewing for a Stroke Center? If it is, make sure you get your stroke scale cert, its free and you do it all online and can print the cert right away. I did not have any scenario questions. I think the most important thing is to make sure they know you will come to work with an open mind, eagerness to learn and flexibile. They also said during the interview, nursing is not just about getting along with patients anymore, it is equally important to get with co-workers and be a great team player. Good luck!!!!
Might sound cheesy, but right before I walked into the interview I told myself, I got this, I know I will be a great nurse, and this hospital would benefit from having me on their staff. LOL It helped me relax a little and gave me a boost of confidence. Take a deep breath while you are walking back into the interview.