Loma Linda Interview - Starting Fall 2012 - page 4

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    Super excited to have an interview scheduled in February, gotta admit im terribly worried about what types of questions they will ask. Been studying and reviewing everything I possibly can to prepare for it. So it seems like anything you put on your application is fair game, so you better know it inside and out? Anybody have any other recommendations to prepare for other than IABP questions?

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    KuhRN is that you Erika?? Haha. What kuhRN said is accurate. Aside from the questions, It's going to be a tough crowd, and they'll try to see how well you do under pressure. I wanna say this is intentional. So be prepared for all eyes on you, and I mean about 12-15 pairs of eyes.

    - Try your best to keep your cool (If you've worked in an ICU, you probably know a thing or two about that). I know I had a tough time with everyone looking at me while I answered questions. What I did that helped, was trying to put my focus only on the person who asked the question and tuning everyone else out.
    - It's ok to take about 1-3 seconds before responding to questions (to gather your thoughts).
    - These interviews run about 10-15 min long.
    - Be succinct and concrete with your answers.
    - Also, I know of some instances when they asked questions that purposefully are too difficult for us to know as ICU nurses. (IE: What Inspiratory pressure/expiratory pressures, and delta pressures do you set the vent at for patient's with ARDS). Don't try to make stuff up, know your limits and just say, "I'm sorry, I don't know that."
    - Keep in mind, they want to get to know you, and what kind of person you are. So, don't be a robot. Everyone WILL BE nervous, but try, at least, to be down to earth, humble, and stick in a "little" sense of humor if you can. Hope this helps!
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    As said before, the clinical component of the interviews are based completely on what you put on your resume and application. If you say you worked in a neuro ICU, expect neuro questions. If you say you were a heart nurse, prove it. If you say you worked with IABPs, know everything you can about them. The main thing is to not get flustered or try to BS your way through a question you don't know. Breathe, collect yourself, and say you don't know if you don't. They will ask you questions until you reach this point.
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    I agree with all of my classmates. One stupid thing I'll suggest is to take a few sips of water while you are in the interview. It will calm you down and help with the dry mouth you get in the room. Gives you a second to think on hard questions before answering. They gave us water in the interview...I didn't even notice because I was so nervous
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    Yehhhhh!!!! I got in!!!!! I can't believe it!!!! I owe a lot to all the current students who were there to calm the nerves down and encourage the applicants to do well before the interview. It was so nice of you guys to show us around during open house as well. I felt so welcome. Thank you. You guys made a big difference. I can't wait to join the group. Do you guys have any suggestion regarding anything else that I could do to prepare myself for the program?
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    Nothing!!! Relax, rest, spend time with your family & friends, read for pleasure, sleep! In all honesty, studying before school will not be very helpful & they are going to teach you everything anyway. You are about to have 2.5 intense years, enjoy this break! Travel!! & if you can afford it, take at least 2-3 weeks before school to not work & just recuperate & get rested. It'll be great!! Message me with any questions
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    Super excited to be starting at LLU this Fall. All you in the same boat with me, would you like to set up a contact group. I would love to get in touch with you guys prior to starting! =)
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    Just curious, does it seem like the favor local applicants? Also, how was the health science reasoning test?
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    I don't believe they favor local applicants more so. HSRT test was like any other IQ test, I think that most any applicant to Loma Linda regardless of the program has to take it. There is no way to study for it, so don't worry. The HSRT is pretty much a formality in the application process, so i don't think it plays a very big factor in applicant selection, especially in a program that has other very specific criteria like the CRNA program.

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