I have been working ICU for about a year and a half and started with an ICU internship program. I wonder if you are applying where I work fellow Michigander
Questions I remember from my interview:
1. There was a scenario question. The painted a picture of the classic MI what would you do (Think MONA- Morphine, O2, Nitro, Aspirin)
2. What are are you interested in (CPCU, SICU, MICU, MPCU, CCU) Why?
3. Explain a situation where you went above and beyond for a patient you have had in clinical or in your work experience.
4. Tell us about a difficult situation you have encountered with a coworker/peer. How did you handle the situation.
5. Why should we choose you
6. Why do you want to work for our hospital
That is a little of what I remember. Focus on your leadership abilities and customer service understanding (Hospitals are all about that). If you don't know the answer or are unsure let them know. They need to know that you can admit that you don't know it all and are comfortable asking questions. Believe me, as a new Grad in the ICU you must ask for help/advice from your coworkers all the time. The most experienced nurse in the ICU (if they are a safe clinician) has no problem asking for the opinions and help of coworkers. Previous work experience is a major plus, especially if that experience is at the hospital you are interviewing at. Most hospitals give priority in hiring to internal candidates as a rule (I think that has to do more with ease of transition and the fact that it is cheaper to hire internal logistically speaking).