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Please help I need to interview an RN.

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MishkaLov MishkaLov (New) New

Hi, I have an assignment where I have to interview a RN. I do not know any RNs so please hep.

1. What do you love about your job as an RN?

2. What do you dislike about your job?

3. What is the range of pay for an RN?

4. Why did you choose to become an RN?

5. Is your job flexible with the hours and days you can work?

6. What advice would you give to someone who is wanting to become an RN?

7. Explain a day on the job.

8. Where can you work as an RN?

9. Where did you go to school?

10. Is working as an RN a difficult job?

Thank you!!

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

Members usually refrain from answering interviews. There's no guarantee that a respondent is truly a nurse. Could be just some truck driver giving you answers s/he thinks you want to hear.

The purpose of an interview is to improve your interview technique; as a nurse you talk AND listen. You'll gain skill competency & confidence interviewing someone en face. I believe that is part of the purpose of your instructor's assignment.

You can find a nurse at your PMP's office or your old school nurse. Try a Minute Clinic.

And one last thing - you have multiple questions and that takes TIME in order to give you valid, honest responses. Not for quickie answers.

Diana, we receive MANY MANY such requests every week. There's even a much-commented-on thread in the General Student Forum that addresses this line of questioning.

You cannot get a valid "interview" with a forum such as this, anyway: "what is the range of pay?" That is going to vary so much it'd make your head spin.

The bottom line is that if you are a nursing student, your instructor gave you this assignment so that you are required to go and find an RN, who lives/works in your geographic area. They are employed in offices, clinics, hospitals, schools, long-term care facilities, rehab centers, and so on. Call one, and ask if there is a nurse there who would be willing to help with your assignment.

You'd be amazed what we'd do in exchange for a cup of coffee and friendly, INTERESTED company ;)

And, as has been mentioned, there are plenty of "posers" on this forum. People who will tell you that they are nurses, but are not. They may say they are RNs but are CNAs. They may answer questions as if they hold doctorates, but are not college graduates. Caveat Emptor, and all that!

Now, if you interview one in PERSON (like you are really supposed to anyway) you will avoid that pitfall :)

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

And that one person may become part of your network of contacts. Someone who might come in handy when you begin that oh, so difficult first job search.

OrganizedChaos, LVN

Specializes in M/S, LTC, Corrections, PDN & drug rehab. Has 10 years experience.

Here we go again! :: rolls eyes ::

3....2.....1.......

We get these requests a lot, so if there are any other students out there who might get this kind of assignment, listen up:

Part of your faculty's reason for giving you this assignment is to get you to go out there and speak to an RN face to face. A big email blast is not a substitute for shoe leather. AN is not Google.

See, in nursing, you have to learn to speak to a lot of people you would not otherwise encounter; you might find yourself out of your comfort zone. This is part of nursing, a huge part. An anonymous respondent online, well, you don't really know who we are, do you? We could be the truck driving guy living next door for all you know.

So if all you do about learning new things is "Go to the keyboard and hit send," then you are limiting your chances of actual learning a valuable skill you will need all your working life.

That said: Where will you find a nurse? Think outside the (computer) box.

Local hospital: go to the staff development/inservice education office and ask one of them. They value education and will be happy to chat or to hook you up with someone who is.

Go to the public health department downtown. Ditto.

Go to the local school and ask to speak to a school nurse. Ditto.

Go to a local clinic / physician/NP office. Ditto.

Go to the local jail and ask to speak to the nurse there. Ditto.

Notice all of these say, "Go to..." and not "Email..." Remember that part about meeting new people face to face and comfort zone.

Go!

(And I am completely OK with it if anyone else wants to cut-and-paste this too!)

JustBeachyNurse, RN

Specializes in Complex pediatrics turned LTC/subacute geriatrics. Has 11 years experience.

3....2.....1.......

We get these requests a lot, so if there are any other students out there who might get this kind of assignment, listen up:

Part of your faculty's reason for giving you this assignment is to get you to go out there and speak to an RN face to face. A big email blast is not a substitute for shoe leather. AN is not Google.

See, in nursing, you have to learn to speak to a lot of people you would not otherwise encounter; you might find yourself out of your comfort zone. This is part of nursing, a huge part. An anonymous respondent online, well, you don't really know who we are, do you? We could be the truck driving guy living next door for all you know.

So if all you do about learning new things is "Go to the keyboard and hit send," then you are limiting your chances of actual learning a valuable skill you will need all your working life.

That said: Where will you find a nurse? Think outside the (computer) box.

Local hospital: go to the staff development/inservice education office and ask one of them. They value education and will be happy to chat or to hook you up with someone who is.

Go to the public health department downtown. Ditto.

Go to the local school and ask to speak to a school nurse. Ditto.

Go to a local clinic / physician/NP office. Ditto.

Go to the local jail and ask to speak to the nurse there. Ditto.

Notice all of these say, "Go to..." and not "Email..." Remember that part about meeting new people face to face and comfort zone.

Go!

(And I am completely OK with it if anyone else wants to cut-and-paste this too!)

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