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Interview question for someone in the healthcare field

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I am a beginning nursing student and we are asked to interview a professional in healthcare field, so I would really appreciate it if someone in the healthcare field take time out to fully answer my questions. Thanks.

1. What is your full job title? Where do you work? How long have you work there? Have you worked at any other facilities? If so, which ones and for how long at each?

2.What are the major duties and responsibilities of your job? Please describe fully.

3. How and why did you select this profession? Did you consider other professions? If so, which ones?

4. What is your educational background (include majors and/or degrees obtained?) Where did you go to school (include location?) What are your credentials (license, certification, registration?)

5. What are the opportunities for advancement at your current place of employment? What are your career goals?

6. What do you like and dislike about your job? What, if anything, would you change about your working conditions?

7. What are your working hours and days? Is there some choice or control of your work schedule? Please explain.

8. Do you believe that you have job longevity in your current position? Why or why not? Do you believe your profession is in high demand? Why or why not?

9. Are you satisfied with your current salary and benefits? Why or why not? What is salary range at your place of employment and some of the employee benefits?

10. Do you feel respected by others, such as co-workers, other health professionals, and patients? Why or why not What can you do to change the situation?

11. Are you a member of any professional organizations? Why or why not? If so, which ones? what are some benefits of membership?

12. What advice would you give to someone considering your profession?

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

Are you sure your assignment is to query an anonymous message board where you cannot verify for certain that a respondent is in fact a licensed practicing healthcare professional?

In person interviewing is an invaluable skill that will serve you well as you progress through nursing school and ultimately your career. You can try your local school nurse, a local clinic APRN (such as minute clinic) local health department and many other local resources to secure a phone or in person interview.

We get these requests a lot, so if there are any other students out there who might get this kind of assignment, listen up:

Part of your faculty's reason for giving you this assignment is to get you to go out there and speak to an RN face to face. A big email blast is not a substitute for shoe leather. AN is not Google.

See, in nursing, you have to learn to speak to a lot of people you would not otherwise encounter; you might find yourself out of your comfort zone. This is part of nursing, a huge part. An anonymous respondent online, well, you don't really know who we are, do you? We could be the truck driving guy living next door for all you know.

So if all you do about learning new things is "Go to the keyboard and hit send," then you are limiting your chances of actual learning a valuable skill you will need all your working life. Also, your faculty will not be impressed by your citation of an anonymous nurse on the internet.

That said: Where will you find a nurse? Think outside the (computer) box.

Local hospital: go to the staff development/inservice education office and ask one of them. They value education and will be happy to chat or to hook you up with someone who is.

Go to the public health department downtown. Ditto.

Go to the local school and ask to speak to a school nurse. Ditto.

Go to a local clinic / physician/NP office. Ditto.

Go to the local jail and ask to speak to the nurse there. Ditto.

Notice all of these say, "Go to..." and not "Email..." Remember that part about meeting new people face to face and comfort zone.

Go!