Jeans and shorts, really?
I tend to develop a weird case of stage fright during my interviews.
I can't think. The answers just don't come as quickly. I appear nervous. One interviewer actually gave me a minute to simmer down. LOL
It's not a good representation for how I really am in the workplace, because I actually do shine under pressure. I just don't know what happens to me in the interview. Those who hire me - I guess they can see through that?
Don't be cocky or dismissive of CNAs and other ancillary personnel when I introduce you to the staff for the peer interview.
Don't pooh-pooh on our aides. A good CNA will keep you abreast of change and help you out more times than you can imagine.
We're a team. No matter the title, everyone is as important as everyone else...and there's something to be learned from everyone.
On my floor, we've good med aides who've been passing meds for years. I'm not 'too good' to ask them for tips. As a student aide, I learned a great deal about therapuetic communication and how to take an angry/psychotic resident down 'with words and nonverbal communication' from a 50 year old coworker who'd been a psych tech for 15 years.
I call her, 'The Resident Whisperer'. LOL
Express a sincere desire to work on my unit. Don't tell me that you really don't want to work on a telemetry unit, that you just want to get into the hospital so that you can transfer into ICU as soon as there is an opening.
They deserved to bounced out of the interview for that one.
Telemetry sounds great. May not be what you want but looking at the big picture? Hey, it's EXPERIENCE.
To me, any experience that I can grab onto as a new nurse is good experience. That's why I'm not particularly put off about working in LTC. Some would think, "I don't want to work at the nursing home."
Well, I'm learning some serious time-management skills. C'mon - passing meds to 36 residents? That's skill. LOL All of that running round? That's making a better professional of me.
Besides, geriatrics is a speciality. Plus, our facility is 'behavioral' and 80% of our residents are on anti-psychs.
Yes, my residents are old, ornery and sundown like crazy. I never paid attn to celestial events until the weekend of the Super Eclipse? Good God!
...but I love em to death. LOL I'd never work in a regular LTC.
Things is, Psych is a speciality, too. So that's two specialities on the resume.
...and Psych experience always comes in handy? You need it in every avenue of nursing. Undx'd types coming in to the ER. New mothers w/PP depression or psychosis. Maybe they don't have psych issues. Maybe you have new parents dealing with fetal demise or malformed infants. Maybe you're dealing with a family member in Med Surg or ICU whose wife is dying and he can't let go.
Maybe you're dealing with a parent in the ER who is combative and angry over goodness knows what.
Well - you have to know how to counsel the pt'sproperly. You have to understand the grief process. Have to know how to deal with an angry pt and resolve that conflict.
It enables you to treat the WHOLE person.
I've done clinicals on the Med Surg and ICU floors and seen how uncomfortable the bulk of the staff gets when a pt wth Alchohol DTS or an individual who has BP and presently 'off the rails' comes through. They almost don't know how to approach the individual.