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Interview Preparation for Qualified Nurses

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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One of the questions I am most frequently asked is how do I prepare for an interview, and over the years of both being interviewed and interviewing I have built up a stock pile of questions and interview tips. There are many websites out there that can help you prepare, and I have included some of them as links here. You are reading page 3 of Interview Preparation for Qualified Nurses. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

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May I just give you a word of advice from a friend's tough experience? She was to do a presentation as part of the interview process and she created a beautiful powerpoint presentation. the only problem was the equipment failed and they allowed her to come back but it was stress she didn't need to deal with!! She said if she mever had to do something like this again, she was going to have printed color copies in her bag ready to pull otu in case of equipment failure!!! it also would show you are ready for anything and can roll with the punches!!!! Good Luck!!!!!

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Hi Sharrie

I have read all your threads and blogs about interview technique and have found them very beneficial. I was just wondering if you would take a look at my situation and give me some ideas for presentation and interview questions. I have been working on a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit for 6 years as a band 5, I now have an interview for a band 6. My presentation question is What impact does the expansion of beds have on the band 6 and 7 team? I also have extended roles such as retrieving patients from district hospitals and clinical liaison role in Blood Transfusion including audit, clinical assessment and education. How can I push these roles? I would appreciate any help!!! Thanks

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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Hi mel i've just got back from leave so will take a look tomorrow and answer then

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hi

i have a band 6 interview next week and have a presentation to do,

The title is what qualities do you think you need to be a effective and efficient ward sister in relation to ward area?

I have decided to focus on just 5 qualities as i only have 15 mins and to close with a scenario and relate it to the ward, does that sound ok?

Also my questions will be on a couple of frameworks that are new in my trust and scenarios, i have been tols its my choice if i do them before or after my presentation, what do you think is best?

Also the post is on the ward im currently a band 5 on, im going to be interviewed by my current bosses, any tips on how to conduct myself as i want to come across as professional and serious about wanting the job

Thanks

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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To the last 2 posters, I've been updating my blogs and have missed your requests for help, I do apologise. I hope you were successful in your interviews I realise that there were quite some time away

There are quite a few things that have happened in the UK that will have influenced some interview presentation topics and questions.

Current documents to be looking at, which I have said a few times in the posts would be the Staffordshire NHS trust enquiry, think about the restructure of finances this current government are proposing and what that may mean for your area of work.

Some advice I have recently given for a Band 6 Interview:

Basic clinical governance is what I would be looking for really, so think about identifying clinical risks, looking at incident reporting and identifying trends. Medication errors is a good one with that. Ensuring evidence based practice, safe staffing levels and well educated motivate staff, all comes down to clear and present clinical leadership which is firmly in the remit of a band 6 nurse. Responding to patient complaints and concerns and presenting action plans for improvement where needed.

Take a look at the Stafford enquiry and other documents around that, it'll give you clues as to the failings there, and think about nurses, doctors and managers working collaboratively to make sure we are providing a safe, effective and efficient service.

High quality care, there are performance indicators that will help with that, things like infection rates (C-Diff and MRSA obviously key here) pressure ulcer prevalence, hand hygiene and taking nursing back to basic care all important things to mention.

Have a look at what's going on in your area with the safer patient initiative and mention that, and try to find out what your heads of nursing sees as the priorities in your area.

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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Matt is this a band 6 deputy ward manager,

The presentation should focus on the key drivers within you area at the moment. Try to demonstrate an awareness of current issues and the impact they have on practice. Also what targets or drives are being pushed. This could be anything from protected mealtimes, hand hygiene and reduction of hospital acquirred infections to meeting the strict financial constraints whist still delivering high quality care.

Think about human resource issues, do you have high sickness levels that you can be supporting the manager with or maybe providing strong clinical leadership and a good role model to support improvements in practice.

For more specific advice if you could let me know What ideas do you have for your area it'll help focus what you need for the presentation

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thx for the reply

yes it is deputy wardmanger.

thx for the advise - i have a brain block at present.

Take charge of the ward in his or her absence

will talk abit about clinical gorvernace

it is about ten mins presentation.

Do you think i should also talk on how i will support the junior staff?

thx

matt

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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Yes Definately support juniors very important part of your role, looking at the wider picture what's going on from ward, lOcal organisation to regional levels and what you can do to support your manager to achieve the increasing demands

Yes its about taking charge in absence but it's also acting as a strong clinical leader all of the time.

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Hi

I am a mental health nurse and have a band 6 interview coming up. I had a band 6 interview last year which I'd prepared for really well but my nerves got the better of me and I rushed it. My feedback was that although I knew about the policies, initiatives and about leadership issues I did not give enough examples of how I am currently meeting these.

Do you know of any questions linked specifically for mental health nursing. Also, do you have any tips about interview nerves? I got a rash across my chest it was embarrassing and I just wanted the interview to be over!

I know I'm ready for the job I just don't want to miss out due to nerves.

Thanks for your help

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Hi, I have a band 6 interview coming up soon and I need to do presentation for 10 minutes. I need a help with my presentation please, my topic is "What are the key priorities for a band 6 in critical care?" can someone help please...

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XB9S has 22 years experience and specializes in Advanced Practice, surgery.

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Hi, I have a band 6 interview coming up soon and I need to do presentation for 10 minutes. I need a help with my presentation please, my topic is "What are the key priorities for a band 6 in critical care?" can someone help please...

Hi there, if this is for a team leader type post then your key priorities are going to be driving standards of care, improving quality and promoting evidence based practice. Think about things like audit, evidence based practice, what are the priorities from your organisation nursing leadership, ours are infection control, basic standards of care that type of thing

Think about your leadership style and how you motivate and drive your colleagues

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