I am a candidate for a nights nurse manager position in the ER. I've already had an initial interview with the day manager and the director and now they want me to be interviewed by the night staff to see if I am a good fit. I don't have the best idea on how to prepare for this, what things do you think the staff with ask and what things should I be prepared to say?
Wow I have never heard of such a thing!
I've only met our new managers and assistant managers when they are interviewing with the director or current manager and getting a tour; and then voila they are the manager. Unless I've just never been invited to be an interviewing staff member.
But if I was invited I would want to know where you're coming from, what's your experience, how you plan to handle our overcrowding, our boarding admitted patients, short staffing of PCAs and techs, short staffing of RNs, lack of central monitoring on some hallway patients due to inadequate equipment, safety and privacy issues for patients in the split flow results waiting design....hmm maybe that's why I am not invited LOL
Good luck! Be yourself! Hire more staff!!
I am not sure you really can prepare for something that will gauge your fit with the staff. I would just think about the things that you would want to see in a manager. Have you worked nights? If so, you know night people are quite different than day people!
Good luck with the interview, it sounds like you are really in the running if they are having the staff talk to you.
Our unit does "staff/peer" interviews for new managers. I think the most important thing is to relax and remember who you are talking with. These are your nurses, these people will be your night shift crew. This is not talking to your director, or to JHACO, etc. Throw the outdated policies and legal jargon out the window. Be real with them. Listen and validate what their concerns are. These people are the heart and soul of your unit and you want to hear what they have to say. You've got this.
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