Interview at SNF tomorrow for new grad position

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    Hi everyone, Tomorrow, I have an interview at a SNF for a new grad position. After submitting countless resumes to hospitals and acute rehab hospitals without any luck, I am excited for a real live interview! The issue is that I'm nervous about working in a LTC facility. I have heard HORROR stories about new grads in facilities like this - and even stories from experienced nurses as well. I've been working as an aid on a locked unit at an AL facility, so I do enjoy working with the elderly - but it's the idea of a huge workload and a poor patient/nurse ratio that scares me. So anyways, I'm wondering what kinds of questions I should ask during the interview or what kinds of things I should check out at the facility which might give me a clue as to the working conditions and whatnot.

    Any input and insights would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Last edit by Joe V on Jul 9, '12 : Reason: spacing
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    I would ask about back up especially if you are going to work pm's if there will be someone you can call for support. Also, ask how many residents they serve and what is expected of you. Good luck!
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    Thanks for the advice. I was offered a job on the 3-11 shift, but she is going to orient me on the 7-3 shift for at least a month - and she was completely against new grads working overnights because of having no backup available at the facility!
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    Hi everyone, Tomorrow, I have an interview at a SNF for a new grad position. After submitting countless resumes to hospitals and acute rehab hospitals without any luck, I am excited for a real live interview! The issue is that I'm nervous about working in a LTC facility. I have heard HORROR stories about new grads in facilities like this - and even stories from experienced nurses as well. I've been working as an aid on a locked unit at an AL facility, so I do enjoy working with the elderly - but it's the idea of a huge workload and a poor patient/nurse ratio that scares me. So anyways, I'm wondering what kinds of questions I should ask during the interview or what kinds of things I should check out at the facility which might give me a clue as to the working conditions and whatnot.

    Any input and insights would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Same here. When I started, I was supposed to work in 3-11 shifts, but they oriented me for 7-3 shifts for a month. And I couldn't work at night shfit due to being a new nurse.

    Thinking an experienced nurse orientation is only 2 days, vs one month training for new grads, the facility really invested some extra money for training a new grad.

    Good luck/
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