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"When Was the Last Time I Wow'ed a Patient?"

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I recently went to a job interview and one of the first questions I was asked is, "When was the last time you wow'ed a patient?" Up until this point I thought the interview was going pretty well. I had worn my nicest suit, shaken my interviewers hand firmly when meeting, smiled when appropriate, and all of the rest of the textbook niceties of the dreaded interview. You are reading page 7 of "When Was the Last Time I Wow'ed a Patient?". If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

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But see, that is a real issue for many of us. I've had a manager tell me that I could kill a patient, and as long as I did it with a smile, the family would probably not mind. I have a real problem with this attitude. I would rather have a very intelligent, very competent, brusque nurse over Suzy Sunshine who pushes potassium IV and doesn't use appropriate sterile technique. Doctors are usually judged by their competence, not their personalities (how many times have you heard "he's not got the greatest bedside manner, but I'd want him to do my surgery"), and I judge my nurses the same way. I try to be kind and personable with all patients, but I really think my ability to spot issues, my proficiency with procedures, and my knowledge should be more important than pillow fluffing and scripted patter. What nurses do is important, and it should not be reduced down to, as one other poster put it, "do you want fries with that?" and "service with a smile."

^5!!!! :yes:!

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Mully specializes in SICU.

5 Articles; 19,308 Visitors; 272 Posts

So there's a good ending to the story...

I ended up interviewing and getting the position at the same hospital in the Surgical/Trauma ICU.

I guess sometimes it takes a little while for your frustration and pain to turn into being wow'ed...

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LadyFree28 has 10 years experience as a BSN, RN and specializes in Pediatrics, Rehab, Trauma.

75,268 Visitors; 8,427 Posts

So there's a good ending to the story...

I ended up interviewing and getting the position at the same hospital in the Surgical/Trauma ICU.

I guess sometimes it takes a little while for your frustration and pain to turn into being wow'ed...

WOW ;) Congrats!!! :up:

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I loved reading this! WOW...you have officially wow'd me. :D

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