Answered wrong on Interview Question - page 4

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Hi Everyone, I just came back from an interview and realized that I answered an important prioritizing question wrong in my interview. My professor for my coronary care course helped me in getting the interview and I am going... Read More


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    My first thought was....airway....SOB patient. However, I didn't notice you said a nurse was already with them. If one patient is having an MI and two nurses are with the SOB patient....well, that doesn't make much sense to me.

    Anyway... I had an interview and was asked a question about an order involving a medication and I flat out didn't know the answer. I said, "Pharmacology is my weakness. I know as I work more often with the medications and become familiar with them then I'll recognize the correct doses, and I'll look up medications I'm not familiar with, but off the top of my head....I don't know the dose for that med."

    I answered every other question well, and they offered me the job at the end of the interview. So, even IF you got the answer wrong, it doesn't mean you won't get the job. I have a friend who I actually told her the questions I was asked so she could prepare for her interview at the same facility, and even knowing the questions and having answers ready, she didn't get an offer. There's much more involved than whether or not you know the answer to every question.
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    The "wrong'est" answer would go...

    I would get the family member haunting the desk in a headlock, followed by a good thorough nurse education, just as soon as I got OR to hold that Grunter long enough for a smoke break since I've been on my feet for 12 hours, and they thought it would be cute to send an unstable patient from PACU at shift change! I already missed lunch, have a full bladder, and will return in "5." Upon Arrival,...(After throwing my locater into a passing laundry basket,...

    I would then go code the 97 year old "full code" chest pain patient who just started alarming on the tele monitor while I finished refusing report on the OR guy- for 15 minutes until fresh horses get here.

    Then I would set down and chart for 2 hours past time to go on my 5 patients, and the code, then if that patient's family member doesn't press charges, I would like to go home and soak my feet before House MD comes on, because the TIVO is already full of stuff I missed getting called in to OT!! See ya' tomorrow.
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 28, '12
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    @ Boston terrier: Hilarious! Laugh out loud! I wish I could "like" a hundred times your last post. I would love to be a fly on the wall in that interview!
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    See, I even saved the hospital a hipaa violation, and saved the patients privacy and confidentiality(It was probably just a mother-in-law being nosey anyway!)

    I wouldn't have done that post, but so many had nailed the "right" thing to do, I thought I would pull out the pitchfork, lol
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    Family member at desk wants information?
    Right answer: Don't tell them anything, HIPPO ATTACK!
    Right answer: Tell them anything they want to know, customer service above all!
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    If the SOB has a nurse with them, I would go to the dizziness and chest heaviness first. We were always taught airway first, but according to ACLS, perfusion is first, then airway....especially if that patient already has a nurse in the room. Then pain, then family (they are not technically my patient )
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    The Curse of the Nursing Gods

    Well Ma'am, are you...YES! I see that right after we medicated your son with Dilaudid 4mg, he signed a release of information to you, let's see whats going on, . . .

    Well his HIV test is Positive, that explains the colds, fever, and chronic infections,. . .

    Oh, the Chest X-Ray is in, there's lots of bilateral "Dark Isolated Spots,"....

    Yes the CBC, Wuh? Wrong Patient. Who put this on here?

    Oh Crap!!!! I'm Sorry!! I grabbed the WRONG CHART!!!!!

    Okay, I'm going to behave now,
    BOSTON
    Last edit by BostonTerrierLoverRN on Nov 28, '12
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    And consider this:

    They may not have been looking for a "right" answer, but only seeing you how you would process the situation and see how you would prioritize. There may be several "right" answers.
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    I haven't read every response, but here's my take.

    Both the CP/dizzy patient, and the post-op/SOB pt. are priorities. Given the limited amount of info, both have a high risk of crumping fast. However, until the PACU RN signs off as handing over care, that pt. is technically still his or hers.

    Therefore, I would direct the PACU RN to stay with her patient and call the charge RN for assistance, and myself I would go and see the dizzy/CP patient first.
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    Quote from joanna73
    @ Boston terrier: Hilarious! Laugh out loud! I wish I could "like" a hundred times your last post. I would love to be a fly on the wall in that interview!

    Funny as heck! Boston gets the funny-ha ha post of the month.
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