I'm a new grad RN and have only been on a handful of interviews, so bear with me...
So I had an interview yesterday and it went very swimmingly. Didn't feel like an interview at all, just felt like an easy going conversation. But there was one question that I kind of had trouble with and it's been haunting me all night how I pretty much tried to flail through it...
The manager asked - What are some challenges nurses face and can you give an example from experience?
Being a new grad, I could only come up with examples from my clinical rotations or my CNA job. When I answered, I talked about my experiences during my psych/behavioral health clinical where I worked on an adolescent unit. I encountered a lot of patients 6-17 years old dealing with drugs, gangs, DCSF foster system issues, etc. I talked about how a challenge nurses face is that within our scope of practice, there was only so much we could do with these patients. We could listen to them, give them advice/education and administer the prescribed drugs during their stay but ultimately I felt like their problems wouldn't go away unless the root of their issues were resolved and nurses aren't exactly equipped to completely fix them (ex. we can't exactly follow a patient and ensure they're done with gangs or adopt a patient from the foster system so they can get out...). I said how there are sometimes legal and ethical issues that limit our care.
I think maybe I was overthinking the question because the manager kind of looked at me weird and said "That was a really valid and great answer but can you give me another example?" So I thought for a moment and decided maybe he was looking for a more general floor nurse type example since I was interviewing for a med-surge floor and not a psych floor. So I tried again. My second answer was how one day at my SICU clinical, my preceptor and I were kind of torn between 3 really demanding and critical patients. I said how a nursing challenge I have seen often is simply the issue of time management and how I wish we could do so much more for patients during our time together but it's just not possible since we have to try our best to equally distribute our attention.
He looked at me again like that wasn't really what he was looking for.. At that point, I felt like I was just rambling and overthinking everything. He even tried to restate the question but he had a hard time doing so.
So as a newbie, can I ask how you more experienced nurses would have answered his question? What was he looking for?