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born2circulateRN has 1 years experience and specializes in Operating Room, LTAC.

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  1. born2circulateRN

    interview advice for a L&D position AND an O.R. position PLEASE!!!!

    Np! How'd it go?
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    interview advice for a L&D position AND an O.R. position PLEASE!!!!

    Hey! First off, congrats! You have interviews for specialties that people would LOVE to take. I can help you out with OR, not so much with L&D. I graduated last year, worked on the floor for about 9 months then interviewed for the OR. Now, I am in the OR. Yay, lol. During the interview, I am pretty sure they know you are a new graduate, so 99% chance they aren't going to ask you scenario questions, then again, they may. They may also ask behavioral questions. When I interviewed, I did not have any scenario questions and I had 9 months of floor experience. Uhm, some questions that I was asked during my OR interview were: 1. Why the OR? 2. Why this hospital? 3. Have you had any previous experience in the OR during nursing school? 4. Name a time you made a mistake and what did you learn from it? 5. What would your co-workers say about you? 6. What are some of your strengths? They may ask about weaknesses as well (I wasn't asked about weaknesses) 7. How well do you handle stressful situations? Do you have an example? 8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Short-term/long-term goals? 9. How do you feel about being on-call? 10. How long is your commute to work? Usually for call, they give you a 30-minute time frame to get from your house to work. --There are also tons of websites you can Google for interview questions. Also, have questions for them. If I would not have asked questions, my interview would have been only like 15 minutes; it was like 35 minutes. It also shows them that you're really interested and serious about the position. Ask questions like: 1. What's the biggest challenge for new orientees? 2. How long is orientation? 3. What does orientation entail? Classroom/lecture? Would scrubbing be included within the orientation? 4. What type of shifts are offered? 8s? 10s? 12s? nights? evenings? 5. What's the census of the patients? 6. How often are we required to take call? 7. Dress policy in the OR? 8. How many OR suites? 9. Types of services? *I would not ask about pay; I never ask about pay - I would let them bring it up. First, look up the average pay around your area. If they ask, say you're totally open and willing to negotiate; I mean, you're a new graduate -if you're too picky, they will let you go and interview the next person --if you're being unreasonable. Also, be confident and professional and CONFIDENT, lol. Hope this helps, Good Luck!
  3. born2circulateRN

    How long should a interview last?

    I recently had an interview; it only lasted 35 minutes. If I hadn't had questions lined up for them to answer it probably would have lasted only like 15 minutes; so make sure you have questions for them. I thought that was a bad sign because it seemed so short--but I received an offer within the next two weeks :-)
  4. born2circulateRN

    What do operating room nurses do?

    This is an awesome article. I start in the OR next month and this has given me a better view of the OR nurse's role-- I'm so excited! Thanks again!
  5. born2circulateRN

    Need help with job offers!

    Oral surgery, IMO. It may not be floor nursing, which isn't all gold and candy anyway - but you will get lots of experience with your assessment skills and IV sedation. Also, I don't think you'd get burnt out so easily. And did I mention, tons of nurses would love to take that position. As far as LTC, there's nothing wrong with LTC - though I've never worked in one, but you would be an assistant manager - lots of responsibilities, then on top of that - they want you to work on the floor as well. Double work. So, if it were me, I'd choose surgery. Good Luck on your decision!
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    Need Some Encouragement

    I'm in the same boat, however, I graduated May 2012 with my BSN. I am currently employed as an RN- but I want to try something very different and more challenging - and something is pulling me towards the OR. I interviewed for an OR internship last week - it was also a 3 panel interview. It's been a week for me as well; I followed up with the recruiter this week, but they are still in the process of deciding and maybe interviewing, I am assuming. The wait is the worst part! I really really want this position; I've even been looking at scrub hats, haha. So, you're definitely not the only one. :-) With dedication and motivation, we will get there. Also, my current employment - which is not OR, but I received an official offer in 2 days not counting the weekend. Sending prayers both of our ways! Good Luck and Stay Positive!
  7. born2circulateRN

    Scott and White Summer 2013

  8. born2circulateRN

    Hired as an OR nurse! a few questions for you...

    Congrats on graduating and landing a job in surgery! Must be exciting. I just interviewed for a job in the OR last week -so, I hope to receive some good news this upcoming week. Again, congrats - I wish you the best and Good Luck!
  9. born2circulateRN

    Scott and White Summer 2013

    Anyone heard anything? Any updates?
  10. born2circulateRN

    Scenario Questions for New Grad Interview

    I'm not an OR nurse, yet! :-) I have an interview very soon. But, I think 2 big things to remember is: (1) Being the patient's advocate (2) Sterility I've been researching lots of articles and threads here on allnurses.com - I've found some pretty awesome ones that give great information. Good Luck!
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    Thank you so much. Same to you.
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    I've been a RN for about 8 months now - in med surg/critical care. And I must agree with you, bedside nursing is just not for me either. I mean, I do not totally hate my job, but I do not love it either - most times, if not all, I have that feeling of dread when going to work, unfortunately. I recently applied to an OR position, which required OR experience but I applied anyway. I e-mailed the recruiter, got my application routed, e-mailed the DON--weeks flew by, then BAM, an e-mail to schedule an interview. Thank GOD! I'm thrilled! So, I agree with the previous post about following up after you submit your application- so it's very possible, especially if it is an internship or residency program. The position I am interviewing for is an internship, not the experienced nurse's position - I had no idea there was an internship for the OR at this facility, not until after communicating with the DON. So, I pray that all this works out. With communication and dedication - you'll find your place. Good Luck!
  13. born2circulateRN

    OR-Surgery Interview for New Nurse - Advice?

    Sorry - I missed the "tomorrow" part in your thread. How'd it go?
  14. born2circulateRN

    OR-Surgery Interview for New Nurse - Advice?

    Great timing! I wanted to make a thread just like this (well sort of) because I was contacted to schedule an interview for a CVOR/OR position - but in a hospital. I have no prior OR experience. I'm a new grad with 8 months of med-surg/critical care experience. I have researched on here about OR interviews, but would love some recent advice as well. I have no idea what to expect- this thread would be very helpful. When is your scheduled interview? Thanks!
  15. born2circulateRN

    When did you figure out your specialty?

    I work on an ICU floor at an LTACH. I've only been there for a couple months as a new grad. I must say that I've learned tons of things, but I'm not really feeling it too much. I don't hate it, but I don't love it either. So, when I get at least 6-8 months of experience I want to try ER and see how that goes.
  16. born2circulateRN

    7 weeks into orientation, now this?

    I promise to everyone who thinks I'm complaining that I am not. I simply made this post just to express how I was feeling atm due to lack of provided information from my preceptor as to why I was shadowing...that's it. I'm sure most if not all people have been annoyed and frustrated once upon a time. However, I do thank all for your input.

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