Cracking the Nursing Interview

Cracking the Nursing Interview

by Jim Keogh

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ISBN-13: 9781501515040
Publisher: De|G Press
Publication date: 08/07/2017
Pages: 326
Sales rank: 435,927
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.06(h) x (d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jim Keogh, Dnp, Rn-Bc is a nurse educator at New Jersey's largest hospital as well as an assistant professor at New York University and a faculty member at Saint Peter's University in Jersey City, New Jersey, as well as a former faculty member and chair of the e-commerce track of study at Columbia University.

Table of Contents

Introduction vii

Part 1 Understanding the Interview Process 1

Chapter 1 The Nursing Interview Process 3

How Nursing Jobs Are Created 4

The Nurse Job Description 4

Full-Time, Part-Time, Per Diem 5

Benefits and No-Benefits 6

Union vs. Non-Union 7

Job Postings 8

Applying In-house for a Position 9

Applying from the Outside 10

Networking Helps 10

Human Resources Interview 11

Nurse Manager Interview 12

Pre-employment Technical Tests 13

Job Offer 14

Pre-employment Health Exam 15

Background Check 16

Orientation 17

Probation 19

Chapter 2 Behind the Scenes of the Nursing Interview Process 21

The Challenges of Recruiting Nurses 21

The Ideal Nurse 22

How Decisions Are Made 25

The Flow of Interviews 25

Getting Lost in the Shuffle 26

The Dreaded Application Tracking System 27

Job Fairs 31

The Background Check Anxiety 32

Why You Didn't Get Hired 36

Chapter 3 The New Grad Nursing Interview 39

Before Graduation 39

What Type of Nursing Do You Want to Do? 41

You Don't Have Nursing Experience but You Have Experience 42

The Search Begins 43

Use Your Network 45

What Nurse Recruiters Look For 46

Selling Yourself in Your Resume and Job Application 47

Cover Letter 51

What to Expect During the Interview 52

After the Interview 55

Nursing as a Second … or Third … or Fourth Career 56

Chapter 4 The Experienced Nurse Interview 59

Are You an Experienced Nurse? 59

Risks of Changing Jobs 61

Transfer or Seek a New Employer 62

Per Diem Alternative 62

Resign or be Terminated 63

Hospital Mergers and Jobs 65

Returning to Nursing 66

Returning to Nursing Under Disciplinary Action 68

Networking Helps 69

Applying for a Transfer 70

Applying for an Outside Position 72

Cover Letter or No Cover Letter 76

Reapplying to a Former Employer 77

What to Expect During the Interview 78

After the Interview 80

Meeting the Hiring Nurse Manager 82

Chapter 5 Choosing a Nursing Specialty 85

Developing a Career Path 85

Obstacles to Change 86

Assess Your Current Nursing Career 87

Changing Nursing Specialty 88

Is Management for You? 90

Agency Nursing 92

Travel Nursing 94

Home Healthcare Nursing 96

Case Management 97

Nurse Practitioner 99

Flight Transport Nurse 100

Nursing Informatics 101

Hospice Nurse 103

Infection Control Nurse 104

Military Nursing 105

Nurse Educator 106

Legal Nursing 108

Forensic Nurse 109

Utilization Review Nurse 110

Telehealth Nursing 111

School Nursing 112

Cruise Ship Nursing 113

Medical Sales Representative 114

Chapter 6 Preparing for the Interview 117

Preparing Your "Script" 118

The Game Plan 120

It's a Wrap 121

Some Thorny Questions 123

Bring a List of Questions to Ask 124

If the Interview Doesn't Go Well 126

Be Prepared to Walk Away 127

Prepare for the Online Pre-Employment Tests 128

Prep for the Technical Interview 131

Part 2 Key Facts Every Candidate Should Know 133

Chapter 7 Preparing for Medication Questions 135

You Don't Need to Be a Genius 135

Online Medication Tests 137

Prepping for Dose Calculation Questions 138

How Medications Work 139

Facts to Remember 141

Revisiting the Basics 142

Oral Medications 142

Liquid Medication 142

Sublingual and Buccal Medication 143

Transdermal Medication 143

Topical Medication 144

Eye Drop Medication 144

Eye Ointment Medication 144

Ear Drop Medication 145

Nose Drop Medication 145

Nose Spray Medication 145

Inhalation Medication 145

Nasogastric and Gastrostomy Tube Medication 146

Suppository Medication 146

Intradermal Injection 147

Subcutaneous Injection 147

Intramuscular injection 148

Z-Track Injection 148

Intravenous Injections 148

Before Administering Medications 149

Things to Remember 150

Common Medications That Are Helpful to Know 152

Hypertension Medication 152

Diuretics 152

Medications That Interfere with Hypertensive Medications 154

Some Facts to Remember 155

Diabetic Medications 155

Insulin 156

Type 2 Diabetic Medication 156

Some Facts to Remember 157

Antibiotics 159

Facts to Remember 159

Pain Medications 161

Facts to Remember 163

Facts to Remember 164

Chapter 8 Preparing for Nursing Questions 167

Physiological Compensation 167

Estimating the Physiological Reserves 168

The Call for Help 169

The Cascading Effect 171

Assessments 172

Quick Assessment 172

Risk of Mortality 174

Baseline Assessment 177

Level of Consciousness 179

Reverse Triage 183

Dealing with Common Stressors 184

Prepping for the "Quiz" 185

Pre- and Post-Operative Care 186

Pre-Operative Care 186

Post-Operative Care 186

Cardiovascular Assessment, Disorders, Interventions 187

Angina Pectoris 189

Myocardial Infarction (MI) 190

Cardiac Tamponade 192

Cardiogenic Shock 192

Endocarditis 193

Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) 194

Hypertensive Crisis 196

Hypovolemic Shock 196

Myocarditis 198

Pericarditis 198

Pulmonary Edema 199

Thrombophlebitis 200

Respiratory Assessment, Disorders, Interventions 201

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) 205

Asthma 206

Atelectasis 207

Bronchiectasis 208

Bronchitis 209

Cor Pulmonale 210

Emphysema 211

Pleural Effusion 212

Pneumonia 213

Pneumothorax 214

Respiratory Acidosis 215

Tuberculosis 216

Acute Respiratory Failure 217

Pulmonary Embolism 218

Neurological Assessment, Disorders, Interventions 219

Cerebral Hemorrhage 223

Bell's Patsy 225

Brain Abscess 226

Brain Tumor 226

Cerebral Aneurysm 228

Encephalitis 228

Guillain-Barré syndrome 229

Meningitis 230

Spinal cord injury 231

Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA) 232

Seizure disorder 233

Concussion 234

Contusion 235

Subdural Hematoma 236

Diffuse Axonal Injury 237

Skull Fracture 237

Intracerebral Hematoma 239

Subarachnoid Hemorrhage 240

Gastrointestinal Assessment, Disorders, Interventions 241

Appendicitis 247

Cholecystitis 247

Cirrhosis 248

Crohn's Disease 250

Diverticulitis 251

Gastroenteritis 252

Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) 253

Gastrointestinal bleed 254

Gastritis 254

Hepatitis 255

Hiatal hernia (diaphragmatic hernia) 257

Intestinal obstruction and paralytic ileus 258

Pancreatitis 259

Peritonitis 261

Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD) 262

Ulcerative colitis 263

Musculoskeletal Assessment, Disorders, Interventions 264

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome 272

Dislocations 272

Fractures 273

Contusion 274

Gout 275

Compartment Syndrome 276

Osteoarthritis 276

Osteomyelitis 277

Osteoporosis 277

Sprain and Strain 278

Genitourinary and Gynecologic Assessment, Disorders, Interventions 279

Testicular Torsion 284

Acute Glomerulonephritis (acute nephritic syndrome) 285

Kidney stones (Renal Calculi, nephrolithiasis) 286

Pyelonephritis 286

Renal Failure 287

Urinary tract infection 288

Ectopic Pregnancy 289

Ovarian Cysts 289

Pelvic Inflammatory Disease 290

Preeclampsia and Eclampsia 290

Index 293

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An eye opener on how nurses really get hired I thought you simply applied online then waited for a call. I now know why I didn’t receive a call. The HR’s department computer didn’t think I was qualified and never sent my resume to the nurse recruiter. I was fully qualified for the job except that wasn’t clear when the computer read my resume. This book showed where I made the mistake. I corrected it and I’ve been recalling calls from nurse recruiters since then. Lots of good tips and strategies in this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My medical center merged with a larger healthcare organization and after 15 years as a nurse I found myself knocking on doors for a job. Job searching has changed. I came across this book and it seems to have the strategies for finding a path through the HR maze. It told me what to do and what not to do on from the online application HR interview and tech interviews. I soon realize what I forgot but this book also provides a brush up on what to expect on the tech interviews and pre-employment test. This book made finding a job less stressful. I highly recommend this book for any nurse who is out trying to find a job
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I’ve been a medical-surgical nurse for three years and was looking for a change. I considered relocating across the country but finding a job was a challenged. There were many opportunities. This book helped me sort through possible options. It gave me a look inside how HR departments and the hiring process really work. Good insights.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was a great help when I was finding my first nursing job. It gave might insights into breaking through the system that filters resumes among other things.