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Should I mention this in an interview?

Hello,

I am a new grad nurse and am hoping to be hired in a NICU. If I am interviewed for a position as a NICU RN, should I mention my goal of wanting to become a neonatal nurse practitioner? The reason I ask is what happens if for some reason that hospital does not have neonatal nurse practitioners and only has physicians and then they won't want to hire me because they don't see me staying with them for more than a couple years. Also, if you think I should mention it, should I also mention it for postpartum and L&D interviews in the case I don't get hired in a NICU initially?

Sorry if this sounds like a silly question, I'm just unsure if most hospitals have neonatal nurse practitioners or not. Thank you for any advice. 🙂

Jedrnurse, BSN, RN

Specializes in school nurse.

This is certainly a matter of opinion, but if I were a new grad I wouldn't focus on what essentially would be my next job before I even got my first.

You could mention your aspirations of advancing your education...

(When you land your first job, give yourself some time to get comfortable in the role before you jump into grad school. If you feel you absolutely have to start back to class immediately, focus on non-clinical requirements at first.)

Nope. Don't mention it. It's not relevant to the position to where you are applying. I also, as a new grad, thought that ambitions would be "impressive" when I started interviewing. Trust me, they don't see it as that. They will only see you as someone that will leave soon.

RNNPICU, BSN, RN

Specializes in PICU.

OP:

Jory stated it well. Nope, no reason to mention it.

When asked the where do you see yourself in five years you can say something like... " I need to see where my first job takes me. I am focused on getting my nursing career started. After I successfully complete orientation I hope to become involved on the unit in (pick what best suits you, education, precepting, etc).

Even though an NNP might sound appealing now, see where your job takes you. It is possible you might find something else you like. No need to rush it.

If you start saying you want to go back to school in two years, it comes accross as someone who will leave as soon as they can

I agree with the others. There's no need to mention it, and our plans don't always become reality anyway. Take one step at a time and enjoy the walk.

Amen to above advice, nothing more to say.

You can look online for most hospitals to see what kind of staff providers they have, that'll tell you if they have NNPs.

amoLucia

Specializes in LTC.

2 hours ago, Sour Lemon said:

I agree with the others. There's no need to mention it, and our plans don't always become reality anyway. Take one step at a time and enjoy the walk.

Nicely said. Need to remember to add this to my repertoire of great sayings.

Only I forget them all. But good ideas.

Thank you all for your comments and advice. I decided the best course of action would be not to mention it.

3 hours ago, Sour Lemon said:

I agree with the others. There's no need to mention it, and our plans don't always become reality anyway. Take one step at a time and enjoy the walk.

Very well said, thank you for your advice.

Only thing to add would be to request a name change from Admins as the internet is forever.

Nurse SMS, MSN, RN

Specializes in Critical Care; Cardiac; Professional Development.

All they will hear is "will be looking to leave right as they become truly competent". Keep that nugget to yourself.

ruby_jane, BSN, RN

Specializes in ICU/community health/school nursing.

2 hours ago, Nurse SMS said:

All they will hear is "will be looking to leave right as they become truly competent". Keep that nugget to yourself.

^^^^^

Your goal is to get a job. Not a job that will let you become an NP....a job where you can safely practice. Best of luck!

Lipoma, BSN, RN

Specializes in CEN | ER | Urgent Care.

I might be the minority here but in all of my interviews I have included that I plan on advancing my education and become an NP after a few years of clinical practice as a RN. Landed both jobs without issues.

NightNerd, BSN, RN

Specializes in Med-surg/tele, palliative, psych.

20 hours ago, Lipoma said:

I might be the minority here but in all of my interviews I have included that I plan on advancing my education and become an NP after a few years of clinical practice as a RN. Landed both jobs without issues.

This. I usually phrase it as, "I'm interested in pursuing further education in (area) down the line, but my focus at this time is to advance my nursing skills and knowledge, and eventually take on more leadership roles within my unit." I don't think it's wrong to *briefly* mention that getting another degree is a goal of yours - being motivated to learn is a good thing! Just make sure to focus on what you hope to add to the unit you're applying to work on.

KeepinitrealCCRN

Specializes in SICU,CTICU.

I would only bring it up if they ask you what your plans are for the future.

I think it is okay to mention your interest in further your education at some point. Some nurse managers like for their nurses to strive for higher education. However, I would not go into specifics on what type of program you want to pursue. Focus on this job and then once you're hired, you can mention the specifics later.

I am of the opinion that it would be OK to mention it in the right context. If asked where do you see yourself in 5-10 years. I think it is completely fine to say that you would like to pursue higher education. The NICU is a closed unit. Almost every Neonatal nurse practitioner was a nicu nurse. You will want to have at least several years of experience before pursuing NNP if you want to have the skills to be good at that position. Then you will be in school multiple years. So you could be in the unit as a staff nurse minimum 4/5 years before you would even become an NNP.

Because you are a new grad, I would focus on the current position you want though and worry about NNP when you are comfortable with that roll.

emmasuern

Specializes in Clinical Research.

This is what I advise students to say for where they see themselves in 5 years. It can be modified for any unit.

"I would like to feel comfortable in my position and have greater responsibilities and the opportunity to serve on unit committees. I would like to obtain my nursing certification in XYZ. I hope 5 years into my career I will have the opportunity to train and mentor new staff and work with nursing students."

You'll need to do your homework to determine the nursing certification you would like to have.

As a new grad, I would definitely leave out your goal of becoming an advanced practice nurse . It has nothing to do about their philosophy on nurse practitioners but the fact you are not at a place in your career to be publicly placing a stake on that goal and being taken serious.

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