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  1. The second section are the tough ones - the behavior based questions - they require a story or example to answer. Same idea - write outlines and practice. Good luck! Interview Questions 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. What is your greatest strength? 3. What can you offer us that no one else can? 4. What are your three most important career accomplishments? 5. How would you describe yourself? 6. Why should I hire you? 7. Describe the biggest crisis in your life (career). 8. What is unique about you? 9. How would your supervisor describe you? 10. Rate yourself on a scale of 1-10. 11. Tell me a story. 12. How have you benefited from disappointment? 13. What is your greatest weakness? 14. Have you ever been fired or asked to resign? 15. Why have you changed jobs so frequently? 16. Why have you been out of work so long? What have you been doing? 17. What is the biggest mistake you ever made? 18. What are your career goals? 19. What do you want to do in life? 20. How long have you been out of work? 21. What personal, non-job related gals have you set for yourself? 22. Are you willing to relocate? 23. Are you willing to travel overnight? 24. How do you feel about overtime? 25. What have you learned from your past mistakes? What are some of them? 26. What do you think determines a person's progress with a goof company? 27. Who has exercised the greatest influence on you? How? 28. What public figure do you admire most and why? 29. What are your primary activities outside of work? 30. Would you have any concern if we did a full background check on you? What would we find? 31. What qualities do you most admire in people? 32. What have you done to increase your personal development? 33. What type of books and magazines do you read? 34. What was the last book you read (movie you saw) and how did it affect you? 35. How do you feel about your career progress? 36. Can you work well under stress? 37. Do you prefer to work as an individually or as a part of a team? 38. Are you a team player? 39. Tell me about the last incident that made you angry. How did you handle it? 40. What are the things that motivate you? 41. How do you handle people that you really don't get along with? 42. What have you done that shows initiative? 43. What personal qualities are important for success in this field? 44. Sell me this pen. 45. Are you willing to take calculated risks? 46. Describe your perfect job? 47. What is most important to you in a job? 48. Why do you want to change careers? 49. Why do you want to get into this field? 50. Why did you leave your last job? 51. How long will it take before you make a positive contribution to our organization? 52. What do you like least about this position? Most? 53. Tell me about your duties at your present job? 54. What is the most important aspect of your job? 55. Describe a time when you were criticized for your job. 56. What is the most difficult situation you have ever faced? 57. What frustrates you about your job? 58. What jobs have you enjoyed most? Least? Why? 59. What duties have you enjoyed most? Least? Why? 60. What is the worst thing your have ever heard about this organization? 61. What position do you expect to hold in five years? (similar to, Where do you expect to be in 5 years?) 62. Why would you like to work for us? 63. What is opinion of your present (or past) employer? 64. How long would you stay if we offered you this position? 65. What do you know about our company? 66. Why do you want to leave your present employer? 67. Starting with your first job out of college, tell me why you left each organization. 68. What kinds of recommendations will you get from previous employers? 69. Describe your relationship with your last three supervisors. 70. What are your supervisor's strengths and weaknesses? 71. What kind of supervisors do you like most? Least? Why? 72. How has your supervisor helped you grow? 73. What did your supervisor rate you highest on during your last review? Lowest? 74. What kind of supervisor gets the best results out of you? 75. What is your boss like? 76. What actions would you take if you came on board? 77. Can you supervise people? 78. Describe your management philosophy and management style. 79. How many people have you hired? How do you go about it? How successful have the people been? 80. How many people have you fired? 81. How would your subordinates describe you as a supervisor? 82. Some managers watch their employees closely while others use a loose rein. How do you manage? 83. How have you improved as a supervisor over the years? 84. Why did you pick your major? 85. What kind of grades did you have? 86. What course did you like the most? Least? Why? 87. How has your schooling prepared you for this job? 88. Do you feel you did the best work at school that you were capable of doing? 89. How did your summer jobs benefit you? Some Behavior Based Questions Tell me about a time when you: 1. Achieved a great deal in a short amount of time. 2. Were disappointed in your performance. 3. Made a major sacrifice to achieve a work goal. 4. Were unwilling or unable to make the necessary sacrifice to achieve a goal. 5. Worked effectively under a great deal of pressure. 6. Didn't handle a stressful situation very well. 7. Really got angry over a situation at work. 8. Felt under a great deal of pressure from an internal or external customer. 9. Were really bothered by the actions of a coworker. 10. Were especially creative in solving a problem. 11. Were not as creative as usual. 12. Organized and planned an event that was successful. 13. Planned and coordinated a project that was very successful. 14. Were unable to complete a project on schedule despite your best efforts. 15. Really had to remain flexible. 16. Had to deal with a personality conflict with a boss or coworker. 17. Were unable to sell your idea to a key person. 18. Felt really good about a decision you made and the process you went through. 19. Were very effective in your problem-solving ability. 20. Used facts and reason to persuade someone to accept your recommendation. 21. Utilized your leadership ability to gain support for what initially had been strong opposition. 22. Were able to build team spirit during a time of low morale. 23. Were able to gain commitment from others to really work as a team. 24. Used your political savvy to push through a program you believed in. 25. Were particularly perceptive regarding a person's or group's feelings and needs. 26. Were able to predict someone's behavior or response based on your assessment of him or her. 27. Were particularly supportive and reassuring to a person who needed a friend. 28. Built rapport quickly with someone under difficult conditions. 29. Wrote a report which was well received by others. 30. Were particularly effective at prioritizing tasks and completing a project on schedule. 31. Identified potential problems and resolved the situation before the problems became serious. 32. Were highly motivated and your example inspired others. 33. Found it necessary to tactfully but forcefully say things others did not want to hear. 34. Were particularly effective in a talk you gave or a seminar you taught. 35. Had to make an important decision quickly even though you did not have all the information you wanted. 36. Had to make a decision you knew would be unpopular. Were in a situation when events and circumstances changed rapidly.
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    New grad - hanging blood

    Bottom line - follow your hospitals policy and procedure - which by the way your preceptor should go over with you prior to doing new things like hanging blood!!!
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    failing nursing school

    Watch the movie "Touching the Void" - true story that will inspire yu. I am very fond of the method the person used to get himself to safety - breaking up the impossible into 20 minute periods and not thinking beyond that 20 min. section. This will make sense when you watch it.... We so often get overwhelmed looking at the big picture and feeling it can't be done...
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    What do you call a PA?

    An assistant to the physican love the ones who do not correct patients who call them doc...
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    MDS Coordinator salaries

    I've been a nurse a long time and perhaps that is the problem:) But what exactly is an MDS nurse? MDS for me is a myleodysplasic syndrome which I'm guessing this is not what you are writing about....
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    Profound depression and Cancer

    Death is not a horrible thing. It can be very peacful. When and if the organs start shuting down can be a blessing. Slipping into a coma is a quiet event. Folks lose interest in food and drink and in conversation - or they might stare intently around the room. I have had people who are dying tell me there are people in the room - people they knew. It is comforting for them as if these spirits have come as escorts. ( I know this sounds weird, but death isn't something out of a text book) I hope your Dad is getting what he needs for pain control. Hospice nurses are experts at this so if he is having pain - please have them adjust - there is NO NEED for pain when one is dying. If the tumor is pressing on his heart he might go suddenly with a heart attack... it is hard to tell. While I haven't watched my own parents die I have seen and been with many who have - I always feel priviledged to be a part of something so profound and misunderstood. There is no road map for this - your Dad is going to go pretty much when he is ready to. Does this help?
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    Caring for a neutropenic pt

    Interesting to read everyones replies. I work on a stem cell transplant unit and I guess because we've been doing them longer than anyone else in the country we aren't quite as severe. It may also be that because we treat all the pt's the same and can enforce rules for the entire unit. Large floor signs warn that noone can enter if ill. For example everyone must sign in as they enter the floor - visitors, dietary, families, doc, nurses, etc - what they are attesting to is that that have no s/s of the flu. They and we as staff are not allowed to come to work if we have a fever or cannot control our symptoms (runny nose, cough). Our dietary dept treats the food our pts get differntly than the rest of the hosptial. They wash fruits and veggies and to be honest I don't know exactly how they do this, but as result they can have it - salads come up wrapped as does fruit( in saran wrap). There are alot of things they cannot have such as sprouts. We change our water pitchers daily for everyone. If someone wants ice we don't take the pitcher into the nourishment room, we fill a plastic bag with ice and bring it into the room. Only staff is allowed in the nourishment room. Our pts don't wear masks unless they have have s/s of cold. At which point they go into droplet isolation (masks with shield gown gloves) for people entering room, we sent a npt to test for flu. They are in isolation for 5 days until the results come back. Contact isolation is used for cdiff, VRE, MRSA. We start folks on levo or ceftazidime when their counts drop below 500. At the first neutropenic fever (38.3) we do cultures of their hickmans, urine and chest xray - the antibiotic is then changed - not to vanco first thing - usually to something like imipenum. Our entire unit has a policy of no flowers, plants, fake flowers with moss etc. This policy is something they are aware of before they are admitted. Kids of all ages are allowed but they will get htier little hands washed and even be put in a gown ( they kinda love this !) - they don't last long in the room but it better than cutting off the pt. Alcohol based cleaner with moisturizer is very popular with the group as well.
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    Profound depression and Cancer

    I am curious - you wrote that you haven't gotten to the horrible part yet. What will you consider the horrible part? What exactly are you envisioning? Might be able to help with that....
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    Working in Myelosuppression/Oncology?

    Do it you won't regret it. I have been in onc for 17 yesrs, the first ten with gyn onc pts and the the last seven in stem cell transplant. I adore the cutting edge aspects of transplant and i love the relationships I develop with pt and thier families. If that sort of thing appeals to you - the relationship aspect -this is the place for you. If you would prefer to not get attached - run in the other direction.
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    Job Hunting

    HR is always the downfall to a swift resolution. Hang on, but keep looking to hedge your bets!
  11. You are telling a story about necrotizing fasciitis at dinner in a lovely restarant - three of the 6 at the table are nurses - one of the other guests said' oh these stories make me ill" or something to that effect. She got up at the end of the story to go to the bathroom, passed out -was incont - laying in the lobby of this place in full view of the bar. The staff called 911 and then came to tell us. Two of us kicked into high nurse mode and ran to her side - where I notced she was fine but was pretending to still be out as she was embarrassed. Now you would think this kind of reaction would stop a nurse from telling that story right? Ha - now the telling of the story in further embellished by the ending! Perhaps I have been a nurse too long.
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    Lung cancer, how to help my daughter

    Bottom line is life is a terminal condition and we will all die...at some point. I think that preparing your daughter for what will come is a good idea. Perhaps what you both need is a bit of counseling - you to help yourself given all the losses you have gone thorough and for your daughter - the same reasons , but also to help her with fear - it seems she might get the feeling that cancer is an immediate death sentence. It isn't always - your x mother in law might very well buy herself more time - she will not however die of old age. That said focus on what time you have with her - buoying her with the hope and optimism she is getting from the medical system. Hope can do some powerful things.
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    Describe your last day at work in 50 words or less !?

    Third 12 hour shift in a row - third day with new grad orientee (her 4th week). Fun stories from a patient and his family. Lots of laughter. Scared patient feeling better - counts coming in - his face reflects this. Mood overall upbeat! Jerk PA made a fool of himself - taught the new grad to ignore him. Now on three wekk vacation!
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    filter needles - policy

    Yes always use the filtering device! We just got rid of needles and only have the straws - but they work fine...
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    Med error,I'm suspended,I need advice,please!

    I have several mistakes in my background that I thought I would share as they are certainly worse that the one Mama2-3 described. The first was when I was several months into a new job/state. It was nights of course I was in charge - I with several months experience total. At the end of report at 11:30 I was called into a patients room. She was in the bathroom, which looked like a blood bomb had gone off. Blood everywhere. I don't know how she did that - the blood was on all 4 walls - waist high. She was covered - the bedroom and bed looked a massacre had taken place. She had had a vag bleed - cervical Ca. At any rate, stat hct, etc etc, endless cleanup, I was to say the least a tad frazzled when I finally had her settled. My next patient called for me and asked for benadryl. She was a sickle cell patient - frequent flyer and the narcs made her itchy. I grabbed the med and gave it to her. This before the days of PYXIS and all the meds were jumbled together in a bin - all their prns etc. As I walking out the door to get something else for her, she sat straight up and started to seize (grand mal) as well as projectile vomit - all the way across the room. What had I given her? I can tell you there is a difficult to breathe feeling as well as that gnawing knowledge that I must have given her something bad. I actually went back into the med room and dug through the garbage - I was sure I hadn't! Clearly I had. It turned out I had given her compazine instead of benadryl - the containers were the same size and the print on each of them was in black - thus my mistake - I had in my frenzied state from the other patient and her bleed out had not looked closely. Now granted it should not have been in her bin since she had an allergy to it, but it doesn't excuse my not checking closely. She ended up being fine - the hospital paid for her admission and I was forevermore uncomfortable around her. This wasn't my last med error that year though. The second biggie I did was with a 19 year old with neurofibromatosis (spelling) which had become cancerous - She had a huge inoperable abd tumor that made her look 9 months preg. This tumor had also wrapped around her ureters and among the many problems she had was enormous pain. She had a forest of IV pumps in her room on both sides of the bed. Several pumps were hooked to the caths keeping her ureters infused with medication - I don't recall the purpose) - she also had antibiotics, IVF, 2 PCA's one with MS one with versed and another pump for her epidural gtt. This was before the days of locked epidural specific pumps. She had come racing back from a procedure and the epidural bag was empty - so I changed it quickly and got her back into bed - an arduous process. Her pain kept increasing all evening. It wasn't until the next day when I go to work that I was told what I had done...I had hung Vanco instead of whatever it was she had for her epidural - talk about your heart sinking to the floor. It turns out a person can get Vanco into the epidural space, and because the gtt was at a slow rate she didn't exceed the amount allowed. I was her primary nurse so I continued to care for her until her death. I felt pretty bad about contributing to her pain though... Those two mistakes occurred when I was a newbie and I recognize their value in teaching me to slow down - take the time to look at what you are giving and to remember you are a human and to be thankful when your screwups don't permanently harm someone. In your case however, it seems like a huge case of overkill and overreaction!!!
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    12 hr shifts- a thing of the past?

    Any facility that is trying to attract and retain nurses need to offer options. Straight 8 hour shifts are not really filling that requirement. I do 12's and love them - yes they are tiring, but mistakes can happen anytime. I would like to know and read the studies mentioned to discern the value of them. Statistics can be made to say most anything!