OR Educator Interview

  1. Hello,
    I'm about to attend panel interview for the position of Nurse Educator in perioperative services in one of the largest teaching hospitals.
    I have no experience in this kind of interview since this is my first time applying for this position.
    Currently I'm working as a staff nurse in Operating Room and I'm also studying the Master online program at the University.
    I have already passed the first stage of the interview with HR manager and director of nursind education, and now, I am invited to the final stage which is a panel interview with same people plus a couple of others managers and educators from OR and other related services.
    To get this position is very important for me - this will allow to realize my entire dream to become an educator and, also, will give me chance to contribute my experience, knowledge and passion into the future of this institution.
    I would like to ask your help in this. I would like to get advises / suggestions about how to be the best prepared for this interview, as well as, questions that are usually asked or might be asked there.
    I know many of you are experienced educators that also conduct and participate in those interviews. Please help.
    Thank you very much.
    Bara.
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  3. by   TallBlondie
    [quote=Baracuda;2455397]
    Currently I'm working as a staff nurse in Operating Room and I'm also studying the Master online program at the University.

    To get this position is very important for me - this will allow to realize my entire dream to become an educator and, also, will give me chance to contribute my experience, knowledge and passion into the future of this institution.
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    I am not an educator but I'll tell you what, I would definitely use these parts of your post during the interview. Also, take some locker room advice from a girl who made it through OR training without an educator: Don't let your position go to your head, remember your roots and help out your peers. Don't stop learning. We had hired on a RN who worked for a little while before they finally let him have the educator position, he now refuses to help out in the core with the underlings and compares everything to the "way it was done at my old hospital", refused to learn the role of the transporter because he deemed it beneath him and groaned when told he would have to attend this special training for using cell saver because it meant that he would have to intermingle with the "regular nurses". Now, we have lost our respect for this "fellow nurse" and I believe he is very unhappy, he eats his lunches alone and is hard pressed to find anyone willing to help him in any way. Also, the educator before him was demoted back to the "regular nurse" role because of similar behavior and also because she began having an "unprofessional relationship" with a crna. [evil]JUICY GOSSIP[/evil]
    Last edit by TallBlondie on Oct 24, '07
  4. by   mikethern
    I would get creative and ask the interviewer if you can give her a 5-minute lecture as if they were a student. Create a chart on construction paper and give her a 5-minute lesson on anything related to the operating room. I'll bet you'll be the only interviewee who does this and it will show enthusiasm and motivation. Make the lesson fun, smile a lot, and teach effectively. Think of it as an audition.

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