Interview tomorrow for a NICU position! Any advice?

  1. I have an interview at a Level 4 NICU tomorrow morning! I'm a little nervous; does anyone have any advice for me? What questions should I ask the manager? I'm a new grad, and this hospital's new grad program is 22 weeks! Thanks!
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  3. by   t2000JC
    I think you should seem enthusiastic about the position, the NICU. Check if they have ECMO, how many admissions, etc. Make a list of your strengths and weaknesses (that could be seen as a strength too). Know about the hospital before you go...um, sorry it's late so that's all I can process now. Good luck! t.
  4. by   SJSU_Mami
    Thanks! I went ahead and made the list of strengths and weaknesses.. it helped a lot!! Best of all, I WAS HIRED ON THE SPOT!! YAY!! I start my new career Feb 28 at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital! :hatparty:
  5. by   lmcnabbkv
    SJSU...Congrats!! :hatparty:
    I will also be starting on the 28th in the NICU new-grad program at LPCH!! I know they had 10 spots or so open...I wonder how many are filled so far??
  6. by   SJSU_Mami
    Congrats to you as well! I'm not sure how many spots were left, but she did tell me that they were going to hire about 60. I'm looking forward to the new program, 22 weeks is the longest I've ever heard! I went ahead and bought the books the manager recommended to read; I don't have any NICU experience so I have to prepare. Congrats again! :chuckle
  7. by   t2000JC
    Congrats! T.
  8. by   NICURNwannabe
    I'm so envious!! Good luck in NICU. I was wondering what books they recommend for you to read.

    Keep us posted on how your days go.
  9. by   rn/writer
    Quote from SJSU_Mami
    Thanks! I went ahead and made the list of strengths and weaknesses.. it helped a lot!! Best of all, I WAS HIRED ON THE SPOT!! YAY!! I start my new career Feb 28 at Lucile Packard Children's Hospital! :hatparty:
    Congratulations! 22 weeks of orientation is amazing. You've got a wonderful opportunity ahead of you.

    I sent off a letter today requesting an informational interview with the goal of employment toward the end of May. I'm hoping to meet with the nurse manager of our NICU sometime soon.

    Could you elaborate on the strengths/weaknesses list. I know this is a common interview question but thinking about it makes me a little crazy. I think I can state my strengths in a pretty straightforward manner. But the weaknesses--sheesh! On one hand, I can see myself spilling my guts and giving the interview, a) reasons not to hire me, or, b) things to hold over my head or keep watching me for.

    On the other hand, I think it's cheesy (and I'll bet the interviewers do too) to use the transparent trick of putting a backhand spin on a strength and *calling* it a weakness. For example--I'm just so attentive to detail that sometimes I have to stop myself. Or, I'm a workaholic (Good, she'll pick up extra shifts), and I have to learn to smell the roses.

    How does one come up with things that are real but not a real mess?

    Congrats again,
    Miranda F.
  10. by   KarenNICU
    I just got hired too and will start orientaion on Tuesday at Cedar-Sinai Hospital. :hatparty:
  11. by   Benson5


    Hi Everyone! I am looking for avdice, I am applying for CNA training, and I need to write an essayon why I want to become a male nurse. I am not good at writing adn was wondering if there are any pointers out there? Feel free to e-mail me too. Thanks SO much!!!
  12. by   SJSU_Mami
    Thanks for the replies!

    As far as the books, the nurse manager recommended three:
    1. Merenstein & Gardner- Handbook of Neonatal Intensive Care
    2. Deacon, et al- Core Curriculum for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing
    3. Watson- Core Review for Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing

    Here are some of the strengths and weaknesses I wrote down:

    Strengths:
    Very safe, I ask plenty of questions, a team player, display leadership abilities, am eager to learn, I incorporate the family in the patient's care, and that I'm culturally sensitive (I live in the Silicon Valley, which is very diverse and cultural sensitivity is important).

    Some weaknesses were that I need to work on communicating in a difficult situation such as death or decrease in positive outcome prognosis; I need to improve on practicing skills, and I would like to improve my Spanish to help me more effectively communicate with patients. Hope this helps!
  13. by   CapeMaui
    Congrats to everyone on your new NICU jobs! :hatparty: I'm also starting in a level III NICU as a new grad on 2/7. I can't wait! I'm very nervous but SO excited!! Good luck with everything!

    Here are some tips I've received from other RNs for staring in the NICU:

    1) Ask questions!! Lots of questions!
    2) Don't ruffle any feathers - many nurses have been there a long time, don't come in with an "I know it all" (don't show off) or "I'm a BSN and you're not" attitude.
    3) Be happy, eager & enthusiastic, but DON'T show fear (the RNs told me that some nurses do "eat their young", so don't show fear as that'll just worsen the situation)

    If anyone else has anything else to add, please do

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