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NICU interview questions?

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Specializes in NICU.

Hi peeps! I have been a NICU nurse for over 4 years now. Soon I will be interviewing for several NICU positions in other states, and I am finding that I have little idea on what to ask an interviewer / recruiter.

I don't remember much from my interview for my current position (which is my first nursing job out of school), and I would appreciate any help y'all could offer regarding things to ask a new unit - things such as orientation process, patient ratios, uniform requirements, career opportunities, typical work day... you get the idea (I hope!)

What sort of questions have worked for y'all, and / or what do you wish you would have asked when interviewing for a NICU position?

Thanks in advance!

NICU Guy, BSN, RN

Specializes in NICU. Has 6 years experience.

What EMR charting system do you use?

(Level III/IV question) What type of ventilation do you use (High Freq. vent, conventional vent, NAVA, Jet vent)?

Assignment ratios?

NICURNSF

Specializes in NICU. Has 11 years experience.

Have a few examples of patients in mind.  I've gotten asked about a sepsis patient, what would I expect to be ordered, what meds to give, how much.  Give an example of a time you went above and beyond for a patient or their family.  Describe a difficult social situation and how you handled it.  Describe a time you had a difficult co-worker and how you handled it.  What are your strengths?  What are your weaknesses, etc.  Tell us about a med error you made.  These are all the questions I can think of at the moment...