Just a few of the things I might ask include:
- Staffing, acuity, patient ratios to nurses and aides.
- Scheduling requirements and how it is done. Is there self scheduling? How many weekends a month, holidays a year, if you'll be required to float or rotate shifts, how call offs are done and whether overtime is mandatory.
- Benefits, vacation days, opportunities for advancement or continued schooling.
- Is there a sign on bonus? Many facilities budget for this but will not offer it up front unless specifically inquired about.
- What is your support in emergency situations? Do specific staff from other areas resond to these so that for instance, you can be readily available for the family or md.
- Orientation period, payscale, bonuses, shifts differentials.
- Your specific position and who you report to or what licensed personnel may be working with or reporting to you.
- Ask to take a tour of the unit (this will both impress the nurse manager as well as educate yourself). Do the employees seem very stressed? Is it smelly? Does it seem organized? I did not accept a job once because I noticed that the employees didn't seem comfortable around the nurse manager although she seemed quite nice to me. I accepted another area in the facility and later on after speaking with employees from that floor, knew my instincts had been right.
- Floor licensing or educational requirements.
I hope this helps. Some of it may not be applicable to your particular situation and I do tend to go into the greater details when i'm looking for something longterm as opposed to the short. :)