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2019RNBSN2019 BSN, RN

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    First nursing interview in Psych!!

    Congrats on landing a second interview! That is a big step and you should be very proud of yourself! There is no sure answer as to what you will be asked, but always prepare as best as you can! Think of a few key situations that you can utilize and tweak for different questions (such as one story that covers “how you went above and beyond for a patient” but also would cover the answer for “name a time you dealt with a difficult patient”). I would not let the time frame of the interview scare you... when I interviewed/shadowed the HR rep told me just to be prepared for an hour long interview and 4 hour shadowing but the interview ended up being less than 10 minutes! I believe they just want you to be prepared “just in case” it ends up being that long. So, don’t panic. They may just want to make sure you won’t have any other commitments and have to end up leaving early. Here are some go-to interview topic that interviews like to ask about... 1. “Tell me about yourself.” (Include here about your interest for psych... make sure to sell yourself!”) 2. “What are you strengths/weaknesses” 3. “Why do you want to work here? Why psych nursing? Why this particular floor?” 4. “Tell me about a time you went above and beyond for a patient” 5. “Name a time you worked with a difficult coworker (or difficult patient)” 6. “Name a time when you used critical thinking” 7. “How do you individualize your patients care/ how do you practice culturally competent care” 8. “What type of psych patients do you have experience working with?” 9. “Name a time where you made a mistake” Now for psych specific questions I would prepare for answering things such as... 1. What patient would you see first (bipolar patient in need of medication, schizophrenic patient saying they are being told to harm someone, or a MDD patient with suicidal ideation a that is with a tech) 2. How would you protect yourself if a patient attempts to hurt you? 3. How would you assist a schizophrenic patient get back to baseline? 4. What is your definition of mental health? 5. What would you do if you needed to help another patient but a manic patient would not stop talking to you? 6. Name a time when you felt a patient’s wellbeing was declining and what did you do about it? My advice for you in the shadowing portion is to ASK QUESTIONS! Show your interest! The nurse is going to most likely fill out a feedback sheet that will be a part in deciding if you should be hired. Ask questions about patient care, nursing ratios, specific equipment they use, how documenting is/what system they utilize, resources for nurses, how that nurse grew professionally, ask the nurse about why they chose nursing or where they went to school or how they ended up here. I would prepare of list of questions and write them down on a sheet that you can also use to take notes (you’ll want to remember some of the things the nurse tells you that wasn’t disclosed in the interview) However, don’t be too “aggressive” by asking a question every other second. Shadowing is usually a very “chill” experience and an opportunity to see how the floor works. It’s time to show off how you would be an awesome coworker! Best of luck with everything!
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    Exhausted; I want a way out.

    Hello! I’m sorry to hear about the struggles you are going through. Maybe it’s not the fact that nursing isn’t right for you but you just haven’t found the right path yet. Have you ever considered pre-op or post-op at an outpatient surgical center? You’re in at 6:30 and leaving by 3:30 with relatively stable patients who either need education or just need to be monitored for an hour or so. During nursing school, I really enjoyed my outpatient round care rotation. Same hours as I mentioned before with assessing the patients room and equipping it with supplies the doctor will need for that patient. Relatively low key job with stable patients. It seems to me like outpatient might be your calling. Secretaries usually handle calling patients and your responsibilities end as you leave the door as it’s usually closing time for the entire facility as well. Just something to think about.
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    Tips to stay healthy during day shift?

    I am going to be orienting on a new floor for a few weeks and this is my first time doing day shift in a while. It is hard for me to stomach food that early in the morning so it’s a struggle for me to eat breakfast. Also, when I do eat that early, I find myself getting hungry in a few hours. When I did work days, I ate protein bars that would carry me through lunch. However, I know this isn’t the best option for me personally as I had made the transition to stay away from processed foods. In a dream world, I would love to be able to have some nice eggs and fruit around 10:00 but this obviously isn’t plausible I only get one break and I am not allowed to eat ANYTHING at my desk (my hospital is very strict ). Do you have any tips and advice or meal/snack suggestions for me? I would love any and all feedback!
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    Per Diem NICU job as a Peds PCU Nurse?

    I am a Pediatric Progressive Care Unit nurse at a children’s hospital in my area. Most of the children on my floor are trached/vented patients that are stable enough to leave the NICU/PICU but not ready to go home or to a facility yet. The population tends to be younger children (6 months-24 months) that were born extremely premature with congenital defects. Our focus is on weaning patients and educating families about how to care for the vents at home. I love my job but wanted to pick up a few extra shifts here and there as a per diem somewhere but was wondering if it was possible to do this in a NICU or SCN since I’m not trained as a NICU nurse. My hospital has a Level IV NICU. I would love to get some NICU experience as this is my dream specialty to get into but am unsure if this would even be possible. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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    Per Diem Job in Different Specialty?

    I am a Pediatric Progressive Care Unit nurse at a children’s hospital in my area. Most of the children on my floor are trached/vented patients that are stable enough to leave the NICU/PICU but not ready to go home or to a facility yet. Our focus is on weaning patients and educating families about how to care for the vents at home. I wanted to pick up a few extra shifts here and there as a per diem but was wondering if it was possible to do this in a speciality I am not “trained in.” More specifically, I would love to get some NICU experience but am unsure if this would even be possible. Any input or advice would be greatly appreciated!
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