Good morning fellow nurses. I have an RN job interview next Wednesday and I would love some input on things that I should be asking and expecting. I'm not a novice. I'm a 23 year RN veteran (BSN, CCRN) currently working in informatics but because I'm in an acute APRN program and will be graduating in a year and a half, it's time to go back to a clinical position for several reasons: namely to strategically place myself in the best arena to be desirable and hire-able when I graduate, to be more competitive, and to get back into the clinical arena in order to be relevant. I've only been in informatics for less than 2 years but I worry that if I stay any longer I will be in an awkward position when it comes to getting the best acute NP job. Not to mention I will have to start clinicals soon so the Mon-Fri thing is just not going to work for me for much longer. My interview is at the top hospital in the state in the trauma ICU, which is where I've always wanted to work.
I know it will change things in my life and I'm expecting that. I've enjoyed the normal hours, weekends off, holidays off, working from home and snow days, but it's time to get back in the ring. However, I don't want to shoot myself in the foot, particularly financially. Here's the kicker: what do I need to ask in order to make sure I come out with the best offer. I'm confident I can get an offer because I have the required experience and certifications, and they literally called me the morning after I put in my application. It's great to be in a good position but I want to make sure I ask for the right things, like benefits, pay, vacation, reimbursement etc and not lose out or take a step back. Every step of my career has been carefully thought out and I've learned to ask for advice from those older and wiser than myself.
So, who can suggest questions, answers, facts or random things I may not have considered? Including interview questions they might ask me, questions I should ask them, questions about scheduling, school, differential, hours etc. Welcoming suggestions! Thanks!