Interview Preparation for Qualified Nurses - page 7

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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 interview tips. There are many... Read More


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    A doctor makes a decision you're not happy about, how would you deal with this? Any insights?
    Thanks
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    Have you looked at styles of leadership, that would be a starting point. Think about the difference between a leader and a manager, and why strong clinical leadership is vital.

    http://m.nursingtimes.net/1811643.article

    http://www.rnjournal.com/journal_of_...cal_unit_2.htm

    Here are some articles that may help
    Thanks very much for the advise and the articles that you shared, its a BIG help. I looked at different styles of leadership and thought of examples of situation where I can apply each style.
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    Hi Guide,
    I work in theatres and have been a registered ODP for just over two years now.
    A band 6 post in Cardiac theatres has caught my eye and unsure whether I should even attempt to go for it.
    I have experience in many specialities however not in Cardiac. It is unclear whether they require cardiac experience.
    I have just completed a level 6 mentorship course.
    I am eager to learn and progress and I am aware there will be alot requirements to be met which makes me think am I too unexperienced to go for the band 6 post?
    This is the first time I have considered a band 6 post and I don't know where to start really. I would really appreciate it if you could offer any advice.
    Many thanks for your time.

    2 years is still quite junior in my opinion, however applications and interviews are always good experience. I would advise you contact the manager for an informal discussion. That way you can decide if you feel ready yet.
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    A nurse reports that nurse x who is looking after a patient smells alcohol, youre in charge at that shift, how would you deal with the situation? Any suggestion?
    Have a look at your drug and alcohol policy, it will guide you

    Think patient safety, is this nurse a risk to patients, if so how will you deal with that.

    What mechanisms for escalation do you have for support in such a situation. Eg your matron, site manager, ward sister.
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    Quote from bing143
    A doctor makes a decision you're not happy about, how would you deal with this? Any insights?
    Thanks
    I am sure you deal with this daily

    My advice would be to discuss it, what is the rationale for the treatment and what are your objections, its not always black and white, sometimes we just need to discuss our concerns.
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    Hi,
    I am new to the site but have been qualified for 10yrs.
    I have a 10 minute presentation for a band 6 post on my unit....its an emergency admissions unit.

    my question is "what past skills and experinces would you bring to the role of the Co-ordinator on EMU?"

    also what kind of interveiw questions would be asked? would it be productive ward, risk managment ect?

    many thanks
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    Hi XB9S,
    I have read through this entire thread, and seen your helpful and informative posts throughout. Thank you.
    I am applying for a band 7 post in Critical Care, and have been offered an interview.
    I have a few questions:
    On the nhs jobs website job information, it says there will only be one person on the interview panel - is this normal?
    I don't have to give a presentation, but I don't know how long the interview will be.

    I understand that I should revise change management theories, leadership styles, clinical governance, Govt policies i.e. Francis report, Trust vision statement.

    Can you recommend any further reading?

    I am concerned that my main weakness is in the lack of formal leadership - I'm applying from a critical care outreach background, and have only had 6 months as an ICU sister. Can you suggest any way to combat this weakness?!

    I'd really appreciate any advice you can give.
    Many thanks in advance
    M
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    One person interviewing is extremely unusual, not something I would do

    The Francis report is going to be the key document I think, as for leadership, you may not have been in a leadership position but think of situations that you have taken the lead

    Emergency situations, education, as a positive role model, mentorship and support that's all leadership
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    Thank you. I'm about to get ready. Phew! I have researched the Francis report (or at least the exec summary!).
    I appreciate the encouragement.
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    In case it may be of help to others, some of the questions I was asked were:

    Tell us a bit about yourself, and why you are applying for this post.

    Describe an emergency situation you were involved in, and how you reacted.

    Describe a situation where you made a change to improve patient safety.

    How would your co-workers describe you?

    What would you do if two of your team members were in conflict?
    And if you were unable to defuse the conflict?

    What would you do in this situation? A patient needs to be transferred to our sister hospital (e.g. non-clinical transfer). The relatives are extremely unhappy about this.

    How would you support your team on the busiest of days, when 2 staff have called in sick, and morale is low?



    Many thanks for the support of all on this thread.
    Hope the above helps someone!


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