I’ve been a nurse for almost two years now on a cardiac surgical floor. I’m interviewing for the pediatric cardio thoracic icu and the peds icu/cardiac icu (the units are combined) next week at two different hospitals due to needing to relocate.
I have no icu experience, however, I have worked a lot with lvads and cardiac drips (milrinone specifically). I know both icus specially deal with ECMO, CRRT, and VADs.
Does anyone have any advice for interviewing for the icu/what to expect? One of the interviews is just an interview with the manager. The other interview is a manager interview, a peer interview, a floor shadow, and a medication (math I assume?) test.
Should I prepare for nursing types of questions surrounding drips, vents, etc? (Anyone have any good material for this since I know next to nothing about that icu specific stuff?)
I’ve gathered good stories for all the typical nursing questions (mistake you made, why critical care, time you advocated for your patient, most complex patient you’ve had, pushback from team, how to handle patient complaint, where in 5 years, what do you bring to the team, abrupt change in patient care, how do others describe you, etc). I’m just unsure about icu specific questions being asked, especially since I have zero icu experience!