RE; Hospital employment

  1. What type of pre employment pharmacology test is given before you are hired by a hospital?Is there some sort of stand test used?Getting a job in a Lehigh valley Hospital in Pa. Thank you for your help.
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  3. by   bill4745
    Do you mean a drug screen?
  4. by   bargainhound
    Most tests I have taken were based on the NLN exam.
    Same test most places.
    Generally, if the test is different, the test has similar
    questions: digoxin, lasix, K+, IV rate calculations,
    dose calculations for tablets as well as injectables.
  5. by   Gromit
    don't recall my hospital giving a 'pre-employment' test -well, beyond a basic physical and drugscreen.
  6. by   tvccrn
    The two times I had to take a pre-employment test were out East. I didn't have to here in the Midwest.

    the ones I had to take were almost identical and they covered stuff that any competnet nurse should be able to do. It was mainly calculations on drip rates etc.

    Good luck!

    tvccrn
  7. by   wonderbee
    The pre-employment test you refer to wasn't given to me here in PA. I did have to take one in Florida. I was top of my class in pharmacology but the questions they asked on that test were beyond the scope of a new grad unless you had a second major of pharmacology. I recall being asked whether one drug was a therapeutic substitute another. Lots of questions like that. They weren't common drugs either. I had to take the test twice and barely passed the second time.
  8. by   nfahren05
    Quote from Zar
    What type of pre employment pharmacology test is given before you are hired by a hospital?Is there some sort of stand test used?Getting a job in a Lehigh valley Hospital in Pa. Thank you for your help.
    Ours had drip rates, basic drugs, etc. Pretty straight-forward, nothing really designed to trip anyone, just to make sure that you had stayed awake in pharmacology class. It wasn't easy, but I had come from psych so I was rusty on a couple of fairly common med-surg drugs and typical dosages. Ours was open-book, by the way, but there was very limited time to take it so you had better not be relying completely on the book.

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