SICU interview: questions for the manager?

  1. Hi all. I am interviewing for a position in the SICU and I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions for questions I should ask the manager... I always go blank in interviews and would like to go in with some material ready. I know about our staffing ratios, etc... but well... I dunno. Any advice? I've only worked med-surg and while I've always wanted to work on a unit, I don't have much to go off of.
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    About angelladyclaire

    Joined: Mar '05; Posts: 52; Likes: 6
    Surgical Intensive Care staff nurse
    Specialty: med surg, SICU

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  3. by   shannonleighann
    I just got a job in SI back in April. My main questions were, though obvious:
    1. nurse to pt ratio
    2. Who are my resources, is there an intern or resident during my shift or how do I get in touch with the MD's, RT's, etc.
    3. How long is the orientation process, do I have the option of extending the period if I am not yet comfortable
    4. How many beds are in this unit and how many nurses are staffed per shift
    5. How does the scheduling policy work, holidays, on call- we self schedule
    Those are just a few, the manager gave me a pretty in depth overview of the unit before the interview began. Good luck, hope this helps.
  4. by   Hoozdo
    Quote from angelladyclaire
    Hi all. I am interviewing for a position in the SICU and I was wondering if you guys have any suggestions for questions I should ask the manager... I always go blank in interviews and would like to go in with some material ready. I know about our staffing ratios, etc... but well... I dunno. Any advice? I've only worked med-surg and while I've always wanted to work on a unit, I don't have much to go off of.
    What is your biggest challenge in managing this unit?
  5. by   ShannaRN
    What are the characteristics of the most successful nurses on this unit?
    What are your expectations of a new nurse on this unit?

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