I graduated in May and passed boards in June. Since then I have been applying non stop, but living around a big city has proved to be quite the hiring challenge for a new graduate. I was lucky enough to land an interview for an OB full time nights position. The interview is Wednesday and I'm trying to compile a list of questions that I could be prepared to answer that are specific to OB (I have the usual strengths, weaknesses, why do you want to work here questions prepared). It is a panel interview of abut 6 people they said. If anyone can give any suggestions, I'd greatly appreciate it! Also, if anyone can think of any questions I should ask them (I'm not sure what a good number of questions to ask a potential employer typically is) that would be really helpful too.
Oct 10, '11
Not an OB-GYN nurse, but I can offer some general advice.
When I interviewed for my PICU position, I didn't get asked any questions specific to PICU. I was asked about my clinical experiences and past work experience. What kinds of patients had I taken care of? What had I learned? Etc.
However, it would be helpful to review general OB teaching, medications and emergencies. (Eclampsia and prolapsed cord being the major ones that come to mind.)
Questions to ask the employer:
Can you describe the orientation process to the unit?
How would you describe the nurses that work on the floor?
What are the most common nursing skills that are performed?
How long have you been working for this facility? What keeps you here?
Can you describe the management style on the unit?
What do you think a newcomer has to do to be successful?
Oct 10, '11
tell me what you would do if you had multiple urgent/emergent events going on at the same time?
tell me of a time when you worked well with a team and how the outcome was positive,
tell me of a time when a team worked negatively and the outcome was negative, how did you handle that?
how do you respond to frequent new changes on the unit?
Oct 10, '11
also make sure to voice that in emergent or questionable situations, you would not hesitate to contact the MD on call in the middle of the night, cuz that happens all the time, and they would rather you err on the safe side than take things into your own hands being a new nurse
Oct 11, '11
A lot of OB nursing is social and educational. Do you like teaching people? Do feel passionate about breastfeeding? Are you willing to not be practicing med/surg skills? How do you feel about dealing with parents who clearly should not be parents, or families that show little interest in learning? All of these issues come up in OB nursing. It is a great field, full of wonderful experiences, but it is psychologically and emotionally intensive. And when it goes bad, it tends to go in a in a big bad way...You are dealing with a basically healthy population, but now there are increasing numbers of comorbidities interplaying with the complications of birth and recovery. Make sure you want this type of job description. Good luck!
Oct 12, '11
to the poster above me: I use my med/surg skills all the time in L&D/Post patrum. When our census is low, we get gyn surgical patients. Also, we recover c-section patients. We manage patients on mag. We occasionally get moms who have IDDM and are on insulin pumps. And those are just a few examples. At any rate, my med/surg skills are certainly not lost in L&D and I think has made my overall assessment skills that much more keen.
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