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- by delilas Jan 31, '12During an interview I was asked the following:
"You're a nurse in the ICU. Two patients are due for medications right now, a ventilator alarm is going off, and a patient call light is on. In what order do you handle things?"
"I would go to the ventilator alarm first, because I would be concerned about their airway and breathing. Assuming I'm well within the window of an hour for medications, I would see what the patient call light is for, in case they need help. After I determine their needs, I can prioritize their needs with my patients who need medications."
I wasn't offered the job, and this is one of the few questions that has stuck in my head. Do you see a better way to answer it? I feel like I may have missed something very obvious here.
- Jan 31, '12 by delilasI actually don't think I did spectacularly well for the interview overall, but this one kept sticking with me, and I keep thinking that maybe the obvious answer was the wrong one?
I know I bombed the answer for "Why do you want to be in critical care?" - I think my answer was super generic and not well put together. I went on about how it's always been my career choice, and I can't see myself doing anything else, but I don't think that would really mean much to a hiring manager.
I'm interviewing for a very similar position with the same hospital soon, so I'm trying to cover my bases!
- Jan 31, '12 by AltraI think your answer was fine. If a vent is alarming, that is always a priority.
I'm sorry you didn't get the job. Remember, it's not personal. Really ... it's not. Good luck on the next go round.
- Jun 4, '12 by Kooky KorkyYou maybe should have asked the interviewer if she thought your priorities were correct. I do, BTW.
Asking coworkers for help is a real 2-edged sword. I think we're supposed to have octopus arms and never need help - but be ever ready to give it.