Tips for adolescent psych interview!

  1. Hello! I was hoping for tips for interviewing in the adolescent psych department. My interview is coming up soon. Any advice is appreciated!
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    About NWeems, ADN, RN

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  3. by   Heylove
    I had to read you other posts to see where you were coming from. I totally understand how you feel about med/surg and can understand the passion for psych instead of other units.

    Get to know the laws in your state regarding holds, etc. In our adolescent psych unit, we are frequently floated over to adult, so find out if the same will be expected of you.

    Focus on your interactions with parents, family dynamics, rules (especially regarding phone calls and visits) and how you're a team player. These kids will often try to use staff against each other and it's important, just like parenting, that all staff is on the same page.

    Read as much as you can here: American Psychiatric Nurses Association - American Psychiatric Nurses Association

    Good luck!
  4. by   NWeems
    Thank you so much!
  5. by   HealSpec
    Read up on and highlight anything about patient education too--at my hospital the nurse teaches med ed group once a week. So consider how you might feel about patient education on a really frequent basis, and individualizing it for adolescents / making it into a fun game or neat presentation. Good luck!