Skype Interview with Cruise Line - page 4

I have just gotten the opportunity to interview via Skype for a cruise ship nurse position. I have never used Skype before, let alone have an interview that was not in person. I plan on doing a few practice trials with my family... Read More

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    I would have hated to be one of the nurses on the carnival cruise ship that recently had a failed engine! I heard on the news that there were only 4 working toilets for 4,000 people and they had to live like that for 4 days! Imagine all the people that were probably sick. They said people were using the bathroom in bags and cups and setting it outside their door. Ugh! I feel bad for all involved... All passengers received a full refund plus a free future cruise.

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    I recently returned from my first contract... boy does it feel good to be home!!

    Here's what I learned:
    -Even though you, as a nurse, are an officer-- which should give you additional privileges, it is entirely ship specific. The captain/staff captain can make or break your experience. If they respect and value the medical team, then you will be treated well. If they view the medical team as "just numbers," then you will be treated like crap by all of the shipboard management.
    -The majority of the job is ridiculous amounts of paperwork and crew primary care. Passengers generally stay out of the medical center unless they have legit complaints (I said "generally"!!!).
    -The comforts of knowing you have a fully capable lab, blood products, CT scan, fully stocked pharmacy, etc-- throw it out the window! Creativity and trust in your assessment skills will get you far. Trust your "nurse instincts."
    -Keep your mind open! Your fellow nurses and doctors will be from all around the world. You can learn a ton from them!
    -Be nice to the galley staff! They'll bring you all kinds of yummy desserts (all fat-free, of course!).
    -Find a friend and get off the ship whenever you can! It's easy to not even see the outdoors for days at a time due to the way you live on a ship and the lack of outdoor crew areas. When in port, use the fact that you work on the ship to your advantage! You can get very reduced and even free excursions, taxis, and admittance fees to various attractions.
    -Take lots of pictures and write down a little blurb about it before you forget! You'll see so many places and do so much that after 4 months, you'll forget all about it!
    -Go with a goal. My goal was to save as much money as I could so I could pay off some student loans. I had to remind myself of that all the time! There was so much cool stuff I could have bought!
    -Suitcases are HEAVY and expensive to bring with you. Pack the minimum. You can buy toiletries once you're on the ship. They take up a ton of room and weigh a lot. The prices in the crew mart are very reasonable.
    -Internet and phone calls are expensive. Prepare to go low-tech.
    -Most of all, have fun!! It's a once in a lifetime opportunity that I'm so glad I did!!
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    Thanks for the report! Did you have a regular shift? Did you save money? Would you do it again, or was once enough?
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    Yes, inquiring minds want to know!
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    Hi I have some questions for you regarding cruise nurse, i had an offer to work on board a leading cruiseline, not sure if i should take it, need further info from you? Thanks!
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    Quote from EMSnut45
    -Internet and phone calls are expensive. Prepare to go low-tech.
    Can't check allnurses while on a cruise? Pfft! Deals off 😝
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    Sure!! Ask away!!

    as far as shifts, it was 24 hours on and 24 hours off. When I say 24 hours on, I mean I didn't get to sleep and worked for 24 hours straight.
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    I recently applied as a paramedic on a cruise ship and just got an email today to schedule a Skype interview for next week. I REALLY want this job. I think it will be an awesome adventure! Can you please give me some interview pointers? I am super nervous!!! Thanks for al of your help!!!
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    Try to look white, personable, attractive, and articulate. Think and be "Love Boat". Somewhat tongue in cheek but I don't believe for a second that a video interview will help them to assess your clinical abilities.
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    Approach the interview as you would any other. It was exactly the same as any in-person interview I've done, just through a computer screen. Dress as you would any other interview, have your résumé, list of questions, and note paper handy to reference.

    The first interview should be with a generic HR rep, so more customer service based questions. If you pass that, the next interview is with the medical director and they will run you through several scenarios.

    I felt very lost with many questions even just before I joined the ship. Not much in the way of a guarantee of a job (they supply the offer letter and obtain your signature upon joining the ship). Also keep in mind that this is WAY MORE than just a job. It will be a LIFESTYLE for a long period of time, and one that is far from what you are used to (living conditions, free time, food choices, luxury items, work hours, etc). You will be there first and foremost to WORK, not have free time. Also keep in mind that your scope of practice and job responsibilities as a paramedic will be NOTHING like here on land. There are no protocols for you to follow. You must get physician orders for everything you do. While you will respond to emergencies (few and far between for TRUE emergencies), the majority of your time will be doing sick call/clinic type work.

    I have also spoken with nurses who have worked the the company that utilizes paramedics. From what I hear, there is quite a bit of tension between the nurses and paramedics as the paramedics do not wish to function in the clinic environment and neither truly understand each others roles (plus the nurses feel like they are being "replaced" by the lower paid paramedics).

    I just urge you to think long and hard about this. It is a very big adjustment from "land side" living and American labor laws.

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