Thanks, guys. I guess I don't know how to phrase this
: While my experiences at the prior job were mostly positive, and I learned so much and had so many valuable educational opportunities, it was getting downright unsafe for me there. We were so short staffed (22 nurses and 2 managers left in my last month) and I feel like I didn't have the resources or support that I needed to do my job effectively. However, I am confident I can grow and succeed as a professional nurse with the right support. I may not have a lot of experience, but I have the right attitude and will work hard to earn the respect of my colleagues. I'm motivated, dependable, and passionate about being a nurse.
How do I deal with conflict/difficult colleague?
I think I'd say that this is bound to happen, because we aren't always going to like everyone we work with, but we have to be professionals and communicate with one another in order to deliver good care. It's about the patient, not us. We all have bad days, and while this shouldn't come into play at work, it sometimes does...I'm a very flexible person and have a thick skin; I can go with the flow and shrug off a lot. But, if it was ongoing, I may pull my colleague aside in private
and say something nonthreatening like "It looks like something may be bothering you. Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems like you may be bothered by something I said or did. I want us to have a good working relationship, so I'd like to clear anything up so it doesn't interfere with our work today."
So, how do I phrase this stuff in a more positive light?
I'm not a young nurse, but I am a new nurse. I am absolutely devastated that I was fired...I've never, ever been fired and I never had anyone despise me for no apparent reason. I get along with everybody and am very easygoing and friendly. I'm a private person, don't divulge my home life to my colleagues, hate gossip and refuse to play the drama game like mean girls from high school. I'm too old for that.
I only worked at this other place for 6 months and I loved it there, except for this one girl who disliked me from day one and would harrass me openly in front of 5 or so other colleagues. I never even complained about it, just tried to ignore it, which only made it worse. I could have dealt with the nasty rumors and calling me fat/ugly/etc, but when she was setting me up and refusing to communicate with me, it was getting unsafe. She is buddies with the manager, and I was let go for not being "a good fit"...some of my colleagues rallied behind me, but others were afraid of retaliation. Looks like they were correct. It was not a very good atmosphere and I think losing 22 nurses and going through managers every 6 months speaks for itself, but of course I can't/won't say that
But, getting back to my interview...how should I phrase the above questions?
I don't have a lot of experience with interviewing because I've held my other two jobs for years. I hope that speaks for something. I'm devastate because it looks like my career might be derailed before it even started....