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Confused about upcoming interview...

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Specializes in Psych. Has 8 years experience.

I responded to an advertisement in a local newspaper that simply said "RN needed, part time. Fax resume to XXX."

Yesterday I got a call from the hiring person who wants to interview me next week. We chatted some, as she wanted to know what *I* was looking for schedule-wise and such. It is a home infusion co. and she said she had absolutely no problem with my being a new graduate. She was impressed by my previous education and career in additin to the nursing degree and she said it suited what she needed . Fine. She stated that the position was "more administrative and supervising others" than actual patient care. She said this position would be for the part of the company that provides the drugs that the home health agencies and such, use, but that I would be working with nurses who actually go to the homes of the patients, if I understood her correctly. I believe there would be some field training for me, and I would take call rotation (not sure if call consists of going to the pt's. home or just telephone call or what at this point?) But by and large I'd be in an office.

I am a little confused as to what the job is...frankly. I have tried to look up info on the internet about such a job but couldn't find anything like it that did not require several years of nursing experience. I did talk to my friend who does home health and she said she knows the co. and it is a good one to work for, FWIW.

Any idea what this job entails exactly and how is it I'd be supervising and educating other nurses who are in the field when I haven't done their job? It sounded very confusing to me but I didn't want to ask a gazillion ?'s on the phone as I'd like to have the interview. I just always like to know what to expect going into an interview.

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Whispera, MSN, RN

Specializes in psych, addictions, hospice, education.

The interview is a time to interview the employer as well as for the employer to interview you. Only the employer knows what the job really entails.

A red flag is raised for me since they say you'll be supervising and training the nurses who go into the homes. That's really hard to do if you haven't done their job. Call rotation generally means you are available when no one specifically assigned (nights, weekends, holidays) and you're either expected to go to the patient's home and do what needs to be done or find someone who can and is willing to do it. The first (you doing it) is most likely since otherwise, why wouldn't the willing person be the one on call? Be sure to clarify what call means to them, and how often you'd be on call. Sometimes it can be a huge time.

Zookeeper44, RN

Specializes in Psych. Has 8 years experience.

The interview is a time to interview the employer as well as for the employer to interview you. Only the employer knows what the job really entails.

A red flag is raised for me since they say you'll be supervising and training the nurses who go into the homes. That's really hard to do if you haven't done their job. Call rotation generally means you are available when no one specifically assigned (nights, weekends, holidays) and you're either expected to go to the patient's home and do what needs to be done or find someone who can and is willing to do it. The first (you doing it) is most likely since otherwise, why wouldn't the willing person be the one on call? Be sure to clarify what call means to them, and how often you'd be on call. Sometimes it can be a huge time.

I am thinking maybe it is more supervising paperwork kind of thing...taking referrals...paperwork processing...and that the training she's referring to is not ongoing training but rather things like inservices.

I know Tues. is my opportunity to find out more, but I thought maybe someone who's familiar with this type of co. in particular would recognize the job I am describing and could tell me a little more. I have worked in home health (non-nurse) so I am very familiar w/ that but this was new to me...