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New grad L&D interview help?

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Specializes in ER.

I am a senior nursing student who will be graduating next month. I have an interview next Tuesday for an L&D RN position at a large hospital that often gets high-risk deliveries from all over the region. I searched for some possible interview questions they might ask, but didn't find much here so far. I found questions I should ask them, so I am prepared for that. If anyone could help out with questions they might ask a new grad during an L&D interview, it would be very much appreciated!

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DizzyLizzyNurse

Specializes in Peds Medical Floor. Has 12 years experience.

I'd be interested too!

DelanaRN, MSN, APRN, NP

Specializes in Various. Has 10 years experience.

You are so blessed to get into the L&D field. I have always wished to get into L&D but have never been able to get into the field due to all job postings requiring experience. Even though I apply I never get the interview. Good luck!

I am first semester student and also a mother. I am hoping to end up in labor and delivery. Since you are where I hope to end up, could you give me any advice? Any special courses, certs, experiance, basically anything. It's my dream.

HappyNurse2005, RN

Specializes in LDRP.

Be prepared for behavioral interview questions. "tell me about a time you had a conflict with a coworker and how did you handle it?" or "when is it okay to ever break the rules?" or " tell me about a time you had to take charge of a situation" or "tell me about a time that a patient was upset with you and how did you handle it?".

My advice is to think of some situations in your past-from school, clinicals, or work- that were difficult situations. Try to keep the details of it fresh in your mind so you can recall them in an interview.

We had a seminar with HR reps at our school. Here's some of the wisdom they gave us that day...Hope it helps!!!

They said most questions will be behavioral. How do you handle a conflict? What if you overhear someone criticizing the care you've given with another nurse? What if you hear two employees discussing specific pt information in the cafeteria? What if you see someone diverting medications?

Keep your answers patient-centered.

You might also get get-to-know-you questions like "Why L&D?" "Why nursing?"

Be yourself, too. If it's a panel interview, they are looking to see if you are someone that they want to work with.

sweetER

Specializes in ER.

Had my interview today and it went well! They told me I'm one of their top candidates and I'll be shadowing for 6 hours Friday, then they'll talk to the staff to see how they liked me. Any advice for that part? Just be myself I guess? I'm just worried because I'm always a little shy at first and I don't want them to find me boring or think I'm a snob...

mnbrn

Specializes in Utilization Review, OB GYN, NICU. Has 18 years experience.

Had my interview today and it went well! They told me I'm one of their top candidates and I'll be shadowing for 6 hours Friday, then they'll talk to the staff to see how they liked me. Any advice for that part? Just be myself I guess? I'm just worried because I'm always a little shy at first and I don't want them to find me boring or think I'm a snob...

Yes, be yourself, show the interest you have. Convey that you take the field seriously, and you are ready to learn. Good luck!

lagrl7

Specializes in ER.

How was the shadowing of the nurse, are you working yet?

sweetER

Specializes in ER.

How was the shadowing of the nurse, are you working yet?

It went well, and they offered me a job. I decided not to take it for a number of reasons, though it seemed like it would have been a good place to work. I have been since hired to a level II ER and start the 31st.

lagrl7

Specializes in ER.

It went well, and they offered me a job. I decided not to take it for a number of reasons, though it seemed like it would have been a good place to work. I have been since hired to a level II ER and start the 31st.

That's cool so you have changed depts, good experience. When you had the L&D interview was it a panel interview and how long did it take for them to let you know you were considered for hire. I had an interview for Versant program for ER and waiting for the results, they are still interviewing, tmrw is the last day.

sweetER

Specializes in ER.

That's cool so you have changed depts, good experience. When you had the L&D interview was it a panel interview and how long did it take for them to let you know you were considered for hire. I had an interview for Versant program for ER and waiting for the results, they are still interviewing, tmrw is the last day.

For the L&D interview, I scheduled my shadow day that Friday the same week of my interview, and then heard from them 2 weeks later. For my ER offer, it took 3 weeks after the interview, even though they told me I'd hear from them in 10 days and I called them repeatedly after that 10 days.

2126

Specializes in Step Down.

How did you get the L&D interview in the first place? I graduate next month and it's my dream job!! How did you start getting interviews before you graduated in the first place? The hospitals here are telling us to wait until we have an NCLEX date.....Any advice would be helpful!!! Thanks so much!

obnurse4u

Specializes in labor and delivery,peds, med sure, ASU a. Has 11 years experience.

I sometimes sit in on the peer interview and like the other posters said it is alot of behavioral questions...When we have a nurse prospect shadow a nurse, dont' be afraid to ask alot of questions! Get in there- as scary as it sounds ask to start iv's ask about the fhr strip,etc...Being timid doesn't work esp in a high risk l and d unit. And once you start to work there trust me you will feel lost! LOL it's normal, it took me a good years to feel comfortable,even 6 years later there are things I am still learning. You will have your days you go home crying, not wanting to come back. Trust me all of us have been there. Even to this day there are nurses who have worked for many many years that occsionaly have their breakdown in the nurses lounge. We are all human. I started in labor and delivery as a new grad-which I wound not reccommend! But that is what Iwanted to do. And let me tell you every other day I was calling the director after interview to check on thestatus of it. I worked nights as there was a waiting list for days. A year later I transferred to a level 2 Trauma Hospital to work day shift. I got my RNC and now work on maternal transport flight/ground team. Also give yourself at least 6 months in the unit to decide if you really like it....Good luck:clpty:

sweetER

Specializes in ER.

How did you get the L&D interview in the first place? I graduate next month and it's my dream job!! How did you start getting interviews before you graduated in the first place? The hospitals here are telling us to wait until we have an NCLEX date.....Any advice would be helpful!!! Thanks so much!

I just applied, and called and emailed the nurse manager a few times. At this particular hospital, the nurse manager told me all the nurses she'd hired in the last year had been new nurses, so they just happened to be a new-nurse-friendly unit. The interviewing and hiring process takes so long, I started applying to jobs three months before graduation. I didn't start following up and really pursuing anything until a couple of weeks before graduation though, and for the jobs I did call (just the L&D one and the ER one), I got an interview. At the L&D interview, they told me they really liked that I had so many questions to ask them because it showed that I had thought about issues I might encounter when I started working. Just be persistant and prepared and you'll be fine!

2126

Specializes in Step Down.

I just applied, and called and emailed the nurse manager a few times. At this particular hospital, the nurse manager told me all the nurses she'd hired in the last year had been new nurses, so they just happened to be a new-nurse-friendly unit. The interviewing and hiring process takes so long, I started applying to jobs three months before graduation. I didn't start following up and really pursuing anything until a couple of weeks before graduation though, and for the jobs I did call (just the L&D one and the ER one), I got an interview. At the L&D interview, they told me they really liked that I had so many questions to ask them because it showed that I had thought about issues I might encounter when I started working. Just be persistant and prepared and you'll be fine!

Would you be able to give me some examples of questions you asked? I know the general ones....something out of the ordinary I guess. Thanks for replying!! I need some motivation to start this dreaded process. I don't know what's worse, studying for the NCLEX or applying for jobs.

sweetER

Specializes in ER.

Would you be able to give me some examples of questions you asked? I know the general ones....something out of the ordinary I guess. Thanks for replying!! I need some motivation to start this dreaded process. I don't know what's worse, studying for the NCLEX or applying for jobs.

I asked what the process was for orientation (as in, did it include any classroom time or not), if the preceptors they used were specially trained for being a preceptor, what problems they had encountered with nurses in the past that did not work out, how they would evaluate me during my orientation period, the nurse to patient ratio, if the orientation period could be extended if I felt like I needed it, what duties if any I would not be allowed to do until I gained experience (on this particular unit, I would not do triage until I had at least a year in), what their expectations of a new grad were, and then a whole bunch that I just thought of during the interview. I can't remember anything specific. I would rather do interviews than study for NCLEX any day :rolleyes: