Interview Preparation for Qualified Nurses - page 3
One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how do I prepare for an interview, and over the years of both being interviewed and interviewing I have built up a stock pile of questions and... Read More
Jun 29, '10 by XB9S GuideHi mel i've just got back from leave so will take a look tomorrow and answer then
Jul 20, '10 by wyatt27hi
i have a band 6 interview next week and have a presentation to do,
The title is what qualities do you think you need to be a effective and efficient ward sister in relation to ward area?
I have decided to focus on just 5 qualities as i only have 15 mins and to close with a scenario and relate it to the ward, does that sound ok?
Also my questions will be on a couple of frameworks that are new in my trust and scenarios, i have been tols its my choice if i do them before or after my presentation, what do you think is best?
Also the post is on the ward im currently a band 5 on, im going to be interviewed by my current bosses, any tips on how to conduct myself as i want to come across as professional and serious about wanting the job
Jan 30, '11 by XB9S GuideTo the last 2 posters, I've been updating my blogs and have missed your requests for help, I do apologise. I hope you were successful in your interviews I realise that there were quite some time away
There are quite a few things that have happened in the UK that will have influenced some interview presentation topics and questions.
Current documents to be looking at, which I have said a few times in the posts would be the Staffordshire NHS trust enquiry, think about the restructure of finances this current government are proposing and what that may mean for your area of work.
Some advice I have recently given for a Band 6 Interview:
Basic clinical governance is what I would be looking for really, so think about identifying clinical risks, looking at incident reporting and identifying trends. Medication errors is a good one with that. Ensuring evidence based practice, safe staffing levels and well educated motivate staff, all comes down to clear and present clinical leadership which is firmly in the remit of a band 6 nurse. Responding to patient complaints and concerns and presenting action plans for improvement where needed.
Take a look at the Stafford enquiry and other documents around that, it'll give you clues as to the failings there, and think about nurses, doctors and managers working collaboratively to make sure we are providing a safe, effective and efficient service.
High quality care, there are performance indicators that will help with that, things like infection rates (C-Diff and MRSA obviously key here) pressure ulcer prevalence, hand hygiene and taking nursing back to basic care all important things to mention.
Have a look at what's going on in your area with the safer patient initiative and mention that, and try to find out what your heads of nursing sees as the priorities in your area.
Mar 10, '11 by matt765hi , i need help for a band 6 interview presentation " how would support your ward manager "
Mar 10, '11 by XB9S GuideMatt is this a band 6 deputy ward manager,
The presentation should focus on the key drivers within you area at the moment. Try to demonstrate an awareness of current issues and the impact they have on practice. Also what targets or drives are being pushed. This could be anything from protected mealtimes, hand hygiene and reduction of hospital acquirred infections to meeting the strict financial constraints whist still delivering high quality care.
Think about human resource issues, do you have high sickness levels that you can be supporting the manager with or maybe providing strong clinical leadership and a good role model to support improvements in practice.
For more specific advice if you could let me know What ideas do you have for your area it'll help focus what you need for the presentation
Mar 10, '11 by matt765thx for the reply
yes it is deputy wardmanger.
thx for the advise - i have a brain block at present.
Take charge of the ward in his or her absence
will talk abit about clinical gorvernace
it is about ten mins presentation.
Do you think i should also talk on how i will support the junior staff?
Mar 10, '11 by XB9S GuideYes Definately support juniors very important part of your role, looking at the wider picture what's going on from ward, lOcal organisation to regional levels and what you can do to support your manager to achieve the increasing demands
Yes its about taking charge in absence but it's also acting as a strong clinical leader all of the time.
Apr 4, '11 by elizabeth2809Hi
I am a mental health nurse and have a band 6 interview coming up. I had a band 6 interview last year which I'd prepared for really well but my nerves got the better of me and I rushed it. My feedback was that although I knew about the policies, initiatives and about leadership issues I did not give enough examples of how I am currently meeting these.
Do you know of any questions linked specifically for mental health nursing. Also, do you have any tips about interview nerves? I got a rash across my chest it was embarrassing and I just wanted the interview to be over!
I know I'm ready for the job I just don't want to miss out due to nerves.
Thanks for your help
Aug 15, '11 by acsjrusHi, I have a band 6 interview coming up soon and I need to do presentation for 10 minutes. I need a help with my presentation please, my topic is "What are the key priorities for a band 6 in critical care?" can someone help please...
Aug 21, '11 by XB9S GuideQuote from acsjrusHi there, if this is for a team leader type post then your key priorities are going to be driving standards of care, improving quality and promoting evidence based practice. Think about things like audit, evidence based practice, what are the priorities from your organisation nursing leadership, ours are infection control, basic standards of care that type of thingHi, I have a band 6 interview coming up soon and I need to do presentation for 10 minutes. I need a help with my presentation please, my topic is "What are the key priorities for a band 6 in critical care?" can someone help please...
Think about your leadership style and how you motivate and drive your colleagues
Oct 27, '11 by acsjrusI need a help with my 10 minute presentation for band 6 post. My topic is "You will be expected to work in a supportive role to the Band 7 Ward manager, whilst also acting as a Clinical lead to the ward staff. How can you as a Junior Sister support & facilitate improve practice at ward level to meet current & emerging work demands & service improvements" Can anyone help me with some ideas please. Thank you.
Oct 28, '11 by XB9S GuideQuote from acsjrusI need a help with my 10 minute presentation for band 6 post. My topic is "You will be expected to work in a supportive role to the Band 7 Ward manager, whilst also acting as a Clinical lead to the ward staff. How can you as a Junior Sister support & facilitate improve practice at ward level to meet current & emerging work demands & service improvements" Can anyone help me with some ideas please. Thank you.
Think about leadership styles, and how you could lead and transform care. Motivate staff in difficult and challenging times.
What type of leader are you, what is important to your unit.
Structure it around a quality and safety so reponding to incidents, complaints. Monitoring standards and quality indicators to help identify areas for improvement. Things like infection rates, pressure areas, infection control audits complaints.
Nov 18, '11 by vye100Hi I hope you can help I am a band 6 in a private mental health hospital applying for a band 6 in the NHS. I am rather not very clued on the current drives or targets in the NHS. What would I need to research on to prepare for the interview please. What could i do to gain that much advantage over other potential NHS interviewees??