Excuse me why I vent/reach out for advice on a situation.
This may get lengthy, but again just trying to vent and give all details for some good advice.
Soooo.....I have worked in a major, well-known teaching hospital for my first 3 years of being a nurse. I have worked in an ICU setting for all three years and have my CCRN. Recently, during my quarterlife crisis
......I decided that I wanted to move back to my hometown to be closer to my family.
I had my first of a couple of interviews lately at a mid-sized hospital in a large suburban area. I was contacted by HR and told my resume was impressive..woohoo...so they brought me in for an interview. I met HR at their office and she walked me over to the unit to interview with the managers....
We get to the unit and there are no managers there. After about 20 minutes, the HR person was frustrated and apologizing, saying that this interview was on both of the managers' schedules. At this point, I'm less nervous, more relaxed, very "I'm gonna go with the flow". About 10 minutes later, the managers show up saying a meeting ran late....I totally understood. Cool.
One of the managers said this was only her second week on the job, however, she did most of the questioning. I felt like some questions were just kind of "off"...which is why I don't remember a lot of the questions she asked.
Soooo....here it comes. They go over my resume. I told them one example of when I dealt with a difficult situation at work...which envolved communication between different residents and NPs. IMMEDIATELY, the rest of the 20 minute interview was focused on what support do you have at your teaching hospital? Do you understand that you won't have that personnel available here? How will you make the adjustment?
(Let me just add since they focused on this topic for the last 20 minutes...they really didn't go into any depth with my experience with patients....performance based questions, etc....which is where i hoped to shine)
Sure, I said.....I know it will be an adjustment. I am a quick learner and am a flexible, laid-back person. I will be able to learn and adjust to the different environment. I am ready for a change and a new environment. I think that seeing a number of different things at a teaching hospital can hopefully prepare me to work in new settings.
Still two of the managers continued...but, tell us a specific example of when you helped a patient/did an intervention for a patient/called an attending directly for a patient. Tell us when YOU did something?
So, sure....I gave them an example of where I had to call an attending directly since a resident wasn't responding to an urgent need. One manager was please with the answer. The newer manager continued....but, did YOU call the attending, or did your charge nurse call the attending?? Or did you have a NP that called?
Huh, what????? Am I incompetent somehow? Does working with a greater number of people mean that I have less communication skills?...I simply replied that no, I called directly for my patient. And I went on to say that I worked night-shift for over a year where....mid-level providers weren't always available. But they seemed not to care about that.
How are you going to care for patients with no-mid level providers readily available? How are you going to adjust??
(Didn't I just answer that question?) So I repeated basically my previous answer again. ONLY to be questioned once more on the same topic.
Again, this went on for 20 minutes.
Look, I COMPLETELY understand that they want me to really know that working in their unit would be a different environment and I need to realize "what I would be getting into"............But, I this point I kind of felt like the attitude was "you work at a teaching hospital where you have lots of residents and NPs to do everything, so do you really know how to take care of patients without them?" You. are. a. spoiled. nurse.
I get it. And I know that at teaching hospitals, sometimes, nurses can have less autonomy just based on all the providers involved in care. I know it would be an adjustment leaving. HOWEVER, does working at a teaching hospital somehow make me less competent/able to care for patients?? The acuity of our patients and patient needs are VERY high and critical. We see, do, and precept A LOT. And I guess I just don't understand, because I thought employers
would like experience in a teaching hospital....experience with lots of students, bedside procedures, high acuity patients, seeing lots of different things, experience rounds, blah. But, I felt that I was being attacked here for working at a teaching hospital multiple times in the interview. That somehow I was less competent and had less communication skills due to all the resources I have at my current job. I also have my CCRN and have taken many continuing education courses. Guess that didn't matter.
Again, sorry for the length. And this experience is still fresh, so sorry for the venting..but I just wanted to ask...am I justified in feeling this way?.....just very disappointed they were knocking my experience at the type of hospital I work at instead of inquiring with performance-based questions. Or maybe having to wait and the "new" manager threw me into a mood? Or maybe the new manager was off?.....or Has someone experience this before and can vent on a similar situation? Advice for the future?....OR im just crazy?
Thanks...y'all are the best.