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need help with selection criteria

by stacyguo stacyguo (New) New

Hi, guys,

I am stacy. I am nearly graduate, I am applying transitional program at the moment. However, I found difficult in addressing selection criteria. Anyone could give me some help?

1. Demonstrated high level interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills

1. 2 Demonstrated clinical knowledge and clinical problem solving abilities

2. 3 An understanding of and ability to work within an interdisciplinary team

3. 4 An understanding of professional, ethical and legal requirements of registered nurse

4. 5 An understanding of EEO, Work health and safety, infection control and continuous quality improvement principle


6. 6 A demonstrated understanding of NSW health's core values- openness, collaboration, respect and empowerment

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Hi there!

If I understand your question correctly, I will give you my thoughts on what I believe you are searching for. If you are hoping to be selected for a work position or a program seat, this is what the panel is looking for. I hope this helps you...

1. This area means that you are competent in written and spoken exchanges. You need to be able to understand information that you receive as well as making sure that others can understand what you are writing and saying. And you need to be able to do it in a professional, non-offensive manner at all times.

2. This means that you understand the information from your nursing training and are able to apply/use what you've learned so far to the work setting as it pertains to solving problems in patient care.

3. Working with an interdisciplinary team (RN, LPN, CNA, MD, PT/OT, Case Manager, etc) means that you understand that other members of the healthcare team has a specific job to do with your patients as well, and you are able to use their suggestions to help get your patients healthy just as you would expect them to accept your suggestions (your clinical knowledge) that helps to keep your patients safe as they return to good health. In other words, you are all working together and understanding that everyone has his/her own job to do that brings the patient to the point of being ready for discharge.

4. This means that you understand your obligations and duties as a nurse, as well as knowing your limitations. You are expected to follow your state's Nurse Practice Act and the Code of Ethics set forth by the American Nurses Association. Basically, if you've not been trained to do it, don't do it! You must always work within your scope of practice.Also, you need to be able to act in the best interest of your patients. Believe it or not, that may even mean having the patient to be assigned another nurse. You see this more in ethical situations.

5. This section means that there are policies and procedures that you are expected to follow to keep everyone safe at that facility. That includes but is not limited to hand washing, fall prevention, following isolation procedures, etc., which includes protecting yourself, your patients, their families/visitors, or ANYONE you come in contact with while on duty.

6. If NSW is a facility that intends to employ you, this means that, like most places, they have a mission statement. This particular statement indicates that they (all team members) strive to be as open as possible about the care they provide (keep the patients and team members informed) and try to work WITH each other (collaboration) in a manner that shows that they treat each other and their customers as they should be treated in a way that improves and strengthens (empowerment) the facility as a whole.

Good do luck with the transition!

Thanks for your help. That is very helpful.

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

You're very welcome!

(The last statement in my post should read "Good luck with the transition". This autocorrect on my iPad should be called auto-add. Sorry about the typos).

just wondering should I put some theory for the last question, it seems like more about understanding, so I should paraphase and express my own idea of openness, collaboration, repsect, and empowerment. however, they are all interrelated. I should explain them in all?

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

I would summarize it based my understanding and interpretation of the mission statement if I were you. No need to add theory.

As nurses,we use a range of communication skills, including verbal and written, to acquire, interpret and record their knowledge and understanding of people’s needs. The interpersonal skills that we use includes working with others, empathy with clients, family and colleagues, using sensitivity when dealing with people and relating to persons from differing cultural, spiritual, social and religious backgrounds. I have acquired and refined strong communication and interpersonal skills through my course and my working experience as AIN in St Vincent Private hospital. I have used active listening, asking for clarification and negotiating solutions to fulfill my roles as specified by SVPH. I also have demonstrated clear and precise written communication skills, using standard medical terminology and abbreviations. For example, I had written“ PAC”, “FASF”,”IDC”in the handover sheet for the other AIN and also provide a handover using the ISBAR. Moreover, I have correct record the patient’s FBC and utilized organisation protocols for electronic communication like adequately use the “web delacy” to order patients’ meal.

2. Demonstrated clinical knowledge and clinical problem solving abilities

A very important clinical nursing skill is knowing how to safely administer medications to patients. There are many routes for administration, and many different drugs, To prevent errors when giving drugs to patients, nurses follow "The 5 Rights of Medication Administration." The five rights refer to: the right patient, the right drug, the right dosage, the right time and the right route. The nurse repeats the "5 Rights" test three times before giving a drug to a patient, following the administration of medication policy according to the organization to ensure the correct administration such as verified by two RN, and understanding the nurse-initiated drugs.

My clinical problem solving approach incorporate the nursing process: assessing, interpreting, implementing and evaluating. I recently demonstrated my ability to utilise this process in my role as AIN in SVPH. When I addressed the constipation problem of my patient while I was doing my AIN special. I noticed he has a distended abdomen, and it hard likes a rock. In consideration of his surgery, and his documentation that he hasn’t open his bound. I suspected that he is constipated, so I told the RN and movical was given to the patient. Then I assess ed the patient for any bound movement and toileting in order to evaluate the interventions.

3. An understanding of and ability to work within an interdisciplinary team

Working within an interdisciplinary team means that each members of the health care team has contributed to patients’ health condition in different ways and roles. Nursing care also involves communicating with other health-care professionals, including physicians, speech therapists,physio therapists or social workers. Being a team player involves sharing insights, observations and concerns with relevant medical providers to make adjustments to patient care. Good teamwork could ensure the high quality of patient care, increased patient’s safety and ensured the person centered care is delivered effectively. I have developed effective teamwork through my several clinical placements in different facility and my work experience in SVPH. I worked together with an RN who guided me during my clinical practice in gastroenterology ward. We divided the work in regarding to the handover about 3 post ops would be coming. I prepared the bed,IVpole,Obs Machine, I was assigned to do the hourly OBS and IDC, and order the diet and referred the patient to the Diettion. Futhermore, In SVPH, when I was in the othopedic ward, I worked with one physiotherapist to help my patient to get up from the bed.

ensure the person centered care is delivered. Referred to the right person to allocate the care. Referrer to the social workers

4. An understanding of professional, ethical and legal requirements of registered nurse

I endeavor to provide quality and safety nursing care in accordance with ANMC competence standards, the Code of Ethics and the code of Professional Conduct. Understanding the legal requirement of a nurse, such as scope of practice, duty of care and informed consent. As professional, I treat personal information as private and confidentiality. This could be shown through the adequate disposal of the handover sheet. Moreover, maintaining a professional relationship with patients and be aware of the professional boundaries. Ethically, I respects the values,customs and spiritual beliefs of individuals. Also, respect patient’s privacy and dignity at all time by close the door or close the curten during procedure. Legally, perform my duty of care such as provide adequate obs assessment and relatively intervention. One of the essential legal requirement is informed consent, we relies on oral consent or implied consent for most nursing interventions. While I was perform my duty as AIN of providing post op wash for my patient, I always obtain consent to proceed the wash, always assess the patient’s condition before I roll the patient on the side and prevent any potential risk.

5. An understanding of EEO, Work health and safety, infection control and continuous quality improvement principle

There are policies and procedures that are expected to follow to keep everyone safe. The EEO refers to that a person cannot be against by their race, culture background or appearance and so on. A co-worker cannot be discriminated against due to his race. Work health and safety is about promote the health, safety and wellbeing of staff,patients and others in the workplace. Complies with the infection control standards in the nursing regulation. Using standard precautions at all times,comply with 5 moment of hand hygiene, adequately use of PPE and segregate waste into the correct waste management stream. I have clearly understanding of these principles by undertake annual mandatory training in work health and safety during my employment in SVPH. Assist in maintaining a clean and tidy unit, always double check the sharp bin to avoided any needle injured during my duty as AIN in SVPH.

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Is this a class assignment? I thought maybe you were preparing for a job or college intake interview...

Yes, it is prepared for my job application, this is my draft. But like my brain just doesn't work properly. I feel like I couldn't write it down properly. Some questions request me to show that I understand that, so I just write out what it is.

NotMyProblem MSN, ASN, BSN, MSN, LPN, RN

Specializes in Med/Surg, LTACH, LTC, Home Health. Has 35 years experience.

Oh, I see. If that's the case, these questions/statements are requirements that are expected of the RN. I've seen this on many applications. All-in-all, they just expect you to behave and function as the professional you were trained to be in accordance to your state's nurse practice act combined with the facilities policies and procedures. Trying to memorize those sections is admiral but a bit of an overkill. Just follow the rules and demonstrate respect for others. Your preceptor will train you on what you need to know to get you started once you get the job. And remember, when there is something that you don't know, ASK.