I wanted to throw up

  1. Guys there goes my big delima on 10/10/06, I had an interview with one of the biggest hospitals in NY. The woman that interviewed me, acted like she was attacking me, first she asked why do you want to work here, I said, because it is close to me and the facility is an excellent facility, then she said I was looking to hear you say, because you had 3 clinical semesters here you would find it easier to incorporate, hahaha, then she asked me about 2 patients that I had seen in that hospitals and their diagnosis and treatments, so I told her, then she asked what would I do for patient safety and I said prevent medicational errors, falls, fire safety, then she said what did the hospital put into play for patient safety, then I said computers,she said yes, then she asked me what will I do if I saw a nurse struggling with a patient, I said I will help her. She then asked me how is my flexibility, punctuality. Then she said if youn see any nurse practicing anything that is wrong I want you to report it otherwise you will be the one getting write up, and I went to my self haah! Oh yes this is serious, guys what do you think, when I was finish I felt like a piece of trash, I even made the mistake and tell her I was nervous,:angryfire my oh my, let me get you guys feedback, thanks.
    Last edit by RNKay31 on Oct 11, '06
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    First year in Nursing
    Specialty: Clinical exp in OB, psy, med-surg, peds

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  3. by   muffie
    tough interyiew but you lasted til the end
    good for you
    keep us posted
    good luck
    i don't know of an interview when i wasn't nervous!
  4. by   suzy253
    Sounds like my interview too.....why do you want to work here; tell me about patients and their care when you were on clinicals here; etc. etc. I don't think it was anything out of the usual type interview questions.
  5. by   RNKay31
    Thanks guys, am feeling a little more confident
  6. by   JentheRN05
    You think that's a rough one.
    I was interviewed for CCU for a job upon graduation. The only thing she cared about was how I handle conflict. Seriously - she asked me 3 different ways I would handle conflict. Each time I had an appropriate response (it's been way over a year so I can't remember specific questions). It was horrible, she didn't ask about anything else. Not my grades, not my interests. Not why I want to work in the unit, nothing but how I handle conflict. Turns out that they can't keep nurses because they had a bully on the unit, but the bully was the best nurse they had, so they just kept losing nurses and wouldn't fix the problem. Lol I am SOOOOOO glad I didn't take that job.
  7. by   NotReady4PrimeTime
    When I graduated there were no vacancies anywhere that would go to new grads. I applied for 164 positions before I got an interview for casual position in an intermediate care nursery, eleven months after graduation. I had no clue that the interview was actually going to be an hourlong oral exam on the pathophys of the sick newborn. "What are 15 causes of hyperbilirubinemia in the neonate?" "What are signs and symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome?" "What is the loading dose of phenobarbital for neonatal abstinence syndrome? What is the maintenance dose?" "What are the differences between respiratory distress syndrome and transient tachypnea of the newborn?" "What are signs of persistent fetal circulation?" My head was spinning!! There were two interviewers who wrote down my every word. I felt like a real dummy... but was offered the job on the spot. They were impressed that I'd done as well as I did without knowing in advance what their "interview" looked like. I almost immediately got into a term position. I then interviewed six more times in two years in order to stay employed in the IMCN and not lose my seniority. I left when they kept throwing roadblocks in my way when I asked to be oriented to neonatal resus... "sorry, you're only in a term, we couldn't do that, but you're welcome to keep trying for a permanent position..." and then they turned around and gave a casual the orientation. I never looked back.
  8. by   Mulan
    Quote from janfrn
    I applied for 164 positions before I got an interview
    That's unreal, I've never heard of anything like that.

    Bless you!
  9. by   Mulan
    To the OP, good luck with your job search!
  10. by   DolphinRN84
    Wow Kay...I also had an interview on 10/10! But the nurse manager was nice...but she only asked me three questions..and this was at the VA. Hmm...I also let the nurse manager who interviewed me that I was nervous. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I'm always nervous during interviews. Those were some pretty tough questions that the person asked you. But in my opinion I think you did good. Let us know when you get an update.
  11. by   RNKay31
    Quote from JentheRN05
    You think that's a rough one.
    I was interviewed for CCU for a job upon graduation. The only thing she cared about was how I handle conflict. Seriously - she asked me 3 different ways I would handle conflict. Each time I had an appropriate response (it's been way over a year so I can't remember specific questions). It was horrible, she didn't ask about anything else. Not my grades, not my interests. Not why I want to work in the unit, nothing but how I handle conflict. Turns out that they can't keep nurses because they had a bully on the unit, but the bully was the best nurse they had, so they just kept losing nurses and wouldn't fix the problem. Lol I am SOOOOOO glad I didn't take that job.
    That was so ashamed to know that they could not even fix this problem, but tried to get nurses to work through this problem, OMG!
  12. by   RNKay31
    Quote from janfrn
    When I graduated there were no vacancies anywhere that would go to new grads. I applied for 164 positions before I got an interview for casual position in an intermediate care nursery, eleven months after graduation. I had no clue that the interview was actually going to be an hourlong oral exam on the pathophys of the sick newborn. "What are 15 causes of hyperbilirubinemia in the neonate?" "What are signs and symptoms of neonatal abstinence syndrome?" "What is the loading dose of phenobarbital for neonatal abstinence syndrome? What is the maintenance dose?" "What are the differences between respiratory distress syndrome and transient tachypnea of the newborn?" "What are signs of persistent fetal circulation?" My head was spinning!! There were two interviewers who wrote down my every word. I felt like a real dummy... but was offered the job on the spot. They were impressed that I'd done as well as I did without knowing in advance what their "interview" looked like. I almost immediately got into a term position. I then interviewed six more times in two years in order to stay employed in the IMCN and not lose my seniority. I left when they kept throwing roadblocks in my way when I asked to be oriented to neonatal resus... "sorry, you're only in a term, we couldn't do that, but you're welcome to keep trying for a permanent position..." and then they turned around and gave a casual the orientation. I never looked back.
    OMG! 164, You are so good, I cannot even imagine myself doing this although I did quite a few about 20, but I have not gotten a reply from them, except this hospital, and another one telling me I neeed to have at least 1 yr experience, bolony, if they do not give me experience, where would I get ti from, LOL.
  13. by   RNKay31
    Quote from LenaRN06
    Wow Kay...I also had an interview on 10/10! But the nurse manager was nice...but she only asked me three questions..and this was at the VA. Hmm...I also let the nurse manager who interviewed me that I was nervous. I don't think there's anything wrong with that. I'm always nervous during interviews. Those were some pretty tough questions that the person asked you. But in my opinion I think you did good. Let us know when you get an update.
    Yes Lena, these questions shook me, and when I came out from there, I felt that my heart was pounding out of my chest, and during the interview I wanted the earth to open and swallow me up LOL, thanks.
  14. by   Chiefy
    I get nervous with interviews also. I hope it works out for you.

    I did two interviews. One before graduating and is where Im working now. And that interview was also big on conflict and resolution. I interviewed with the nurse recruiter and then went back and interviewed with my manager. That wasn't bad at all.

    My other interview was very intimidating. I sat at a table with the nurse recruiter, nurse manager and education nurse. They shot some questions out. And then said ok we're going to put you into different scenarios. There is no right or wrong-just want to see what you would do. Most of it had to do with assessments.

    That was different but I felt it was a great learning experience. I was also offered that job-but had to turn it down for several reasons.

    Im very happy where I am now.

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