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MSCU Interview Questions?

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by PCnurse88 PCnurse88 (Member) Member

PCnurse88 has 5 years experience and specializes in medsurg, progressive care.

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So I have an interview in a couple weeks for a job in a Maternal Special Care Unit with cross-training to Labor and Delivery... the perfect job for me. I'm just under a year at my first RN job on a med/surg unit, so it's been nearly two years since I've had any clinical experience dealing with any maternal care. I did my normal OB rotation in school and then did an 8-week capstone on a labor and delivery unit, but that was back in 2013 and in a different state!

Anyway, I've been on a few job interviews in the last year and from what I've experienced plus what I've read on here/heard from friends, there are usually a decent amount of scenario-based questions. I feel like I got a good sense of L&D scenario questions that could be asked from my experience and from the numerous threads on here, but I'm curious what sorts of topics I should research a little before interviewing about the MSCU. My current hospital does not have one, nor does the major hospital network in which I volunteer- patients would either be admitted to ante/post-partum, L&D, or a medical floor. I googled both the specific hospital's MSCU and common topics and found the following, but I wanted to see if anyone had any other suggestions for topics to research:

1) Gestational diabetes

2) Pre- / eclampsia

3) Placental abruption, placenta previa

4) DIC and DVTs

5) hyperemesis

Thanks in advance!!

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It would seen out of place for them to ask you specific L&D questions since you've never worked that unit. My recommendation would be to evaluate the type of characteristics that make you a strong candidate for the department, then come up with scenarios from your med/surg experience. Examples: how you react in an emergency, how you demonstrate compassion, how you advocated for your patient, how you resolved conflict with coworkers, etc. Good luck.

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HI! I just saw your PM but I can not PM because I do not have enough posts on here. Could you please e-mail me? I really need to speak to you about a job interview. bhuri02@aol.com

And good luck with your job interview:) hope you get lots of tips from here :)

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Hmm I know this may be a long shot but I believe we are one of the few hospitals in the country that refers to our high risk unit as MSCU...and since you are cross training I'm a little bit more sure that we are talking about the same place. A lot of what we see is PPROM, previas, IUGR, and issues with baby. We also do all inductions (cervical foleys, etc) until they are ready for pit on L&B. The good news is that an interview basically means you're in...it will be a hard transition especially because many times during your shift a few of your patients will have to be on the monitor at the same time so you're watching them all, but especially with a nursing background and a passion for OB you will do fine! I'm sure you had the interview already and rocked it :)

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