Recently I realized that most hospitals in my area require the NCB Nurse Career Battery exam prior to granting an interview. The test is designed to identify non-clinical aspects of an applicant such as dealing with conflict, communication, and work ethic etc.. I was surprised to find that there is not much information available about the exam. Neither Google nor searching this site turn up any substantial information besides a link to the company's PDF DDI research, best practice articles and case studies | DDI
that explains the gist of the test.
We are all in this together, and I think that this thread should be a place where people can share information, discuss the exam etc..
One question that I have is wether the test considers going to the nurse manager negatively or positively. For example, one question asks about how you would deal with being oriented by an impolite co-worker who doesn't handle admissions and discharges effectively. One choice was to ignore the behavior and continue working as usual, the other choices involved various changes or interventions. Do they want to see that you can just get on with it/ grin-and-bear-it, or that you are pro-active in appropriately altering the situation to get the learning experience necessary (ie- ask mgr if you may have the opportunity to go through admission/ discharge with another unit nurse)?
Another aspect that the exam coves is how nurses deal with uncertainty. In the exam there are questions about how you feel about ambiguity (ie- do people who take a long time to make decisions bother you, is it troubling to you when someone says something that can mean more than one thing, do you have to know why something has happened right away etc.) It is unclear to me what they are looking for precisely. I think that uncertainty is tolerated very differently depending on the circumstance. It is a huge problem if a provider's instructions for patient care are uncertain. At the same time, being flexible and willing to quickly adapt to new clinical units and situations where you need to work well with unfamiliar team members is desirable. If anyone has a handle on what they are looking for in this regard, please say so!
Also, is it pass/fail or are they looking for a certain score?
Please contribute to the discussion. As nurses we need to help one another and keep up with what's coming down the pike!