Published Sep 23, 2002
Hi! for those of you that know who i am, you know that i am working on a medical floor which to put it bluntly, i HATE. and you know that i REALLY want to work in O.B. well, i have an interview wednesday for an O.B. float position. (O.B./L&D/Nursery/Peds). The 4 nurse managers from each area will be doing a group interview w/me. I have already had a one-on- one interview w/3 of the 4 for openings before i actually graduated from school. So, i need help w/some more questions to ask.. i have already asked the usual.." what exactly does the job entail..".."nurse to pt.ratio"..you know, the usual. so any help would be greatly appreciated. also, i never can think of an educated answer to "Give me an example of when you have used problem solving in your nursing career." thanks for the help! Amanda
You may want to ask about the orientation, how long, and will you have the opportunity to attend special classes- fetal monitoring, NALS(neonatal life support), etc.
-how about-will you be cross-trained to other areas in case you are required to float?
By the way, I can't ever think of an intelligent answer to the problem-solving question either-if you think of one please let us know!
Good luck with your interview!
I was an L&D nurse for 8 years, crosstrained to PP and NRY but never felt adept in them, L&D was my specialty. They want you to do PEDS too? That is asking alot, PEDS is a whole other specialty. If you have a desire to try OB, go for it. It is a wonderful specialty, and very in-demand. I came to Surgery for the hours, no weekends or holidays. But I still miss the babies.
Other questions I would ask would be re: is it a teaching hospital? Are there residents around. How many staff in a delivery. If there is a c-section, would you be going into the OR, or circulating, etc. Who recovers the post c-section moms. What is their c-section rate? (sometimes a touchy subject) How long is the postpartum patient stay. What level is the nursery. What happens with premies? Is there a resolve through sharing program in the hospital?
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