I have also worked for the last 4 years on a cardiac step down floor,
I learned so very much there but dont want to be there as a new grad,
d/t to the floor morale, etc.
I actually have had 2-3 interests throughout school, ICU, OR and NICU.
I want some floor experience before going into the OR setting,
so that is on the back burner. But I have been touring other hospitals
that offer ICU and NICU internships for new grads. I'm interviewing next
month and shadowing, I really hope this gives me a better look into the
speciality and then I can go from there!
As far as what to ask, it differs for us all but I can share some of what we seem to ask at each tour!
What type of orientation do they offer? How long is it? If you dont feel ready will they extend the orientation. Is there clinical and class work during this orientation time? Will you be with one or more preceptors?
What's the nurse to patient ratio? What shifts are offered? What is considered fulltime/parttime?
What educational benefits does the facility offer? and do they encourage further education degree wise and CEU wise?
I also ask about the turn over on the floor, if there is a high turn over I ask what was the reason?
All the facilities have been up front and welcomed our questions thus far!
I want to be smart about taking any job, and the hospitals seem willing to share this information
I usually dont ask about pay during the tour, yes it is important, but if we get into the interview I can ask then. Most of the places we have been have given us a wage/benefit folder anyway!
There are more questions I ask but these are some of the main ones..hope this helps you and anyone else a little!!
Best of luck!
P.S. For those of you with experience...care to share any other questions you think are important for a new grad to ask while touring/interviewing?
~Thanks in advance!