Neur Interview

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    Hey guys,


    I have an interview on a Neuro unit. Does anyone have any tips for me?

    How would you handle the different and more challenging personalities of the patients?

    Any tips will be greatly appreciated.
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    I interviewed on a Neuro Unit last month and got the job as a GN

    The questions were pretty basic:
    tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for a patient
    tell me about the most critical patient you have had, what was the condition and what did
    you focus on
    tell me about a time you had conflict with another team member, how did you resolve it

    they did emphasize that the patients can be difficult since you're treating the brain thats
    been injured in MVA, brain tumor, etc. families can be difficult because they are not used to seeing their loved ones that way.

    I would come up with some ideas on how you would deal with this. I emphasized on maintaining open lines of communication, whether the patient write on a dry erase board or use a computer if needed if they have aphasia.

    I start April first...so excited!
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    Quote from Whitewlf00
    I interviewed on a Neuro Unit last month and got the job as a GN

    The questions were pretty basic:
    tell me about a time when you went above and beyond for a patient
    tell me about the most critical patient you have had, what was the condition and what did
    you focus on
    tell me about a time you had conflict with another team member, how did you resolve it

    they did emphasize that the patients can be difficult since you're treating the brain thats
    been injured in MVA, brain tumor, etc. families can be difficult because they are not used to seeing their loved ones that way.

    I would come up with some ideas on how you would deal with this. I emphasized on maintaining open lines of communication, whether the patient write on a dry erase board or use a computer if needed if they have aphasia.

    I start April first...so excited!
    Wow! Congratulations! Thanks sooo much for the info. Goodluck in your new job.
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    Congrats to you both! I also am a new grad RN, and starting my first job on a neuro floor on April 1. We need to keep in touch, we can probably share experiences and help each other out!
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    Congratulations, I also start on a med surg-neuro floor May 6th, I'm nervous, but I know that I'm willing to learn everything that comes my way. Good luck with your interview. keep us posted.
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    To new graduates, to be perfectly honest most preceptors and management expect you to not know anything except the basics. So, breath and relax in time you will be a pro. The more you ask questions the better you will be.
    I worked NeuroSurgical ICU for a substantial amount of time. Things you will need to pick up on:

    1. Know your cranial nerves.
    2. Know how frequent your neuro checks are
    3. Know the difference between hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke
    4. Know that hypoglycemia mimics a stroke thus use your glucometer
    5. know your patients baseline
    6. Know when Thrombolytics are used... BP and time parameter
    7. Now your sedation medication: profofol is the drug of choice esp d/t it's short half-life. All other low doses because the possibility of skewed neuro exams
    8. Learn your assessments GCS, NIHSS, ICP, CCP, MAP
    9. Drugs: mannitol, 3% NaCL, 23% NACl, Nimodipine, nesrnphrine
    10. SIADH, DI...
    11. Know the difference between subdural and ventric drains. What is a Pbo2 reading for.


    Ok. There's a little more. But you'll learn by working. We're all learning
    Last edit by Austin12 on May 12, '13 : Reason: Forgot typing
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    Quote from Austin12
    To new graduates, to be perfectly honest most preceptors and management expect you to not know anything except the basics. So, breath and relax in time you will be a pro. The more you ask questions the better you will be.
    I worked NeuroSurgical ICU for a substantial amount of time. Things you will need to pick up on:

    1. Know your cranial nerves.
    2. Know how frequent your neuro checks are
    3. Know the difference between hemorrhagic and ischemic stroke
    4. Know that hypoglycemia mimics a stroke thus use your glucometer
    5. know your patients baseline
    6. Know when Thrombolytics are used... BP and time parameter
    7. Now your sedation medication: profofol is the drug of choice esp d/t it's short half-life. All other low doses because the possibility of skewed neuro exams
    8. Learn your assessments GCS, NIHSS, ICP, CCP, MAP
    9. Drugs: mannitol, 3% NaCL, 23% NACl, Nimodipine, nesrnphrine
    10. SIADH, DI...
    11. Know the difference between subdural and ventric drains. What is a Pbo2 reading for.

    Ok. There's a little more. But you'll learn by working. We're all learning
    Thanks-a-bunch Austin 12.


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