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Cracking the Nursing Interview

Book Description

Cracking the Nursing Interview is designed to help you land your ideal nursing job. The book's unique two-part organization helps both first-time and experienced nurses through the job application process, the interviewing process, job training, and everything in between! In Part I you will learn the ins and outs of the interviewing process: how to get your application noticed, how to prepare for the interview, how to uncover hints in an interviewer’s question, and more. Part II is an extensive review of what you need to know in order to ensure success in your interview. This section includes an overview of fundamental medications and techniques, providing a quick review for those about to go into an interview, and for those considering nursing as a profession, it is a great resource to know what you will need to learn.

Cracking the Nursing Interview also provides practice interview questions and solutions, so readers can go into their interviews confidently. In addition to interview tips and tricks, readers will learn how to sell their value and determine if they fit within a specific healthcare organization. Nurses will be given an overview of the unique nurse hiring process, a detailed walk-through of the various nursing careers available to them, and all the information necessary to identify and pursue their ideal career.

With a dual career in nursing and information technology, 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

  1. Cover
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright
  4. Dedication
  5. Contents
  6. Introduction
  7. Part One: Understanding the Interview Process
    1. Chapter 1: The Nursing Interview Process
      1. How Nursing Jobs Are Created
      2. The Nurse Job Description
      3. Full-Time, Part-Time, Per Diem
      4. Benefits and No-Benefits
      5. Union vs. Non-Union
      6. Job Postings
      7. Applying In-house for a Position
      8. Applying from the Outside
      9. 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
    2. Chapter 2: Behind the Scenes of the Nursing Interview Process
      1. The Challenges of Recruiting Nurses
      2. The Ideal Nurse
      3. How Decisions Are Made
      4. The Flow of Interviews
      5. Getting Lost in the Shuffle
      6. The Dreaded Application Tracking System
      7. Job Fairs
      8. The Background Check Anxiety
      9. Why You Didn’t Get Hired
    3. Chapter 3: The New Grad Nursing Interview
      1. Before Graduation
      2. What Type of Nursing Do You Want to Do?
      3. You Don’t Have Nursing Experience but You Have Experience
      4. The Search Begins
      5. Use Your Network
      6. What Nurse Recruiters Look For
      7. Selling Yourself in Your Resume and Job Application
      8. Cover Letter
      9. What to Expect During the Interview
      10. After the Interview
      11. Nursing as a Second ... or Third ... or Fourth Career
    4. Chapter 4: The Experienced Nurse Interview
      1. Are You an Experienced Nurse?
      2. Risks of Changing Jobs
      3. Transfer or Seek a New Employer
      4. Per Diem Alternative
      5. Resign or be Terminated
      6. Hospital Mergers and Jobs
      7. Returning to Nursing
        1. Returning to Nursing Under Disciplinary Action
      8. Networking Helps
      9. Applying for a Transfer
      10. Applying for an Outside Position
      11. Cover Letter or No Cover Letter
      12. Reapplying to a Former Employer
      13. What to Expect During the Interview
      14. After the Interview
      15. Meeting the Hiring Nurse Manager
    5. Chapter 5: Choosing a Nursing Specialty
      1. Developing a Career Path
        1. Obstacles to Change
        2. Assess Your Current Nursing Career
      2. Changing Nursing Specialty
      3. Is Management for You?
      4. Agency Nursing
      5. Travel Nursing
      6. Home Healthcare Nursing
      7. Case Management
      8. Nurse Practitioner
      9. Flight Transport Nurse
      10. Nursing Informatics
      11. Hospice Nurse
      12. Infection Control Nurse
      13. Military Nursing
      14. Nurse Educator
      15. Legal Nursing
      16. Forensic Nurse
      17. Utilization Review Nurse
      18. Telehealth Nursing
      19. School Nursing
      20. Cruise Ship Nursing
      21. Medical Sales Representative
    6. Chapter 6: Preparing for the Interview
      1. Preparing Your “Script”
      2. The Game Plan
      3. It’s a Wrap
      4. Some Thorny Questions
      5. Bring a List of Questions to Ask
      6. If the Interview Doesn’t Go Well
      7. Be Prepared to Walk Away
      8. Prepare for the Online Pre-Employment Tests
      9. Prep for the Technical Interview
  8. Part Two: Key Facts Every Candidate Should Know
    1. Chapter 7: Preparing for Medication Questions
      1. You Don’t Need to Be a Genius
      2. Online Medication Tests
      3. Prepping for Dose Calculation Questions
      4. How Medications Work
        1. Facts to Remember
      5. Revisiting the Basics
        1. Oral Medications
        2. Liquid Medication
        3. Sublingual and Buccal Medication
        4. Transdermal Medication
        5. Topical Medication
        6. Eye Drop Medication
        7. Eye Ointment Medication
        8. Ear Drop Medication
        9. Nose Drop Medication
        10. Nose Spray Medication
        11. Inhalation Medication
        12. Nasogastric and Gastrostomy Tube Medication
        13. Suppository Medication
        14. Intradermal Injection
        15. Subcutaneous Injection
        16. Intramuscular Injection
        17. Z-Track Injection
        18. Intravenous Injections
      6. Before Administering Medications
        1. Things to Remember
      7. Common Medications That Are Helpful to Know
        1. Hypertension Medication
        2. Diuretics
      8. Medications That Interfere with Hypertensive Medications
        1. Some Facts to Remember
      9. Diabetic Medications
        1. Insulin
        2. Type 2 Diabetic Medication
        3. Some Facts to Remember
      10. Antibiotics
        1. Facts to Remember
      11. Pain Medications
        1. Facts to Remember
        2. Facts to Remember
    2. Chapter 8: Preparing for Nursing Questions
      1. Physiological Compensation
        1. Estimating the Physiological Reserves
        2. The Call for Help
      2. The Cascading Effect
      3. Assessments
        1. Quick Assessment
        2. Risk of Mortality
        3. Baseline Assessment
        4. Level of Consciousness
        5. Reverse Triage
      4. Dealing with Common Stressors
      5. Prepping for the “Quiz”
      6. Pre- and Post-Operative Care
        1. Pre-Operative Care
        2. Post-Operative Care
      7. Cardiovascular Assessment, Disorders, Interventions
        1. Angina Pectoris
        2. Myocardial Infarction (MI)
        3. Cardiac Tamponade
        4. Cardiogenic Shock
        5. Endocarditis
        6. Congestive Heart Failure (CHF)
        7. Hypertensive Crisis
        8. Hypovolemic Shock
        9. Myocarditis
        10. Pericarditis
        11. Pulmonary Edema
        12. Thrombophlebitis
      8. Respiratory Assessment, Disorders, Interventions
      9. Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS)
        1. Asthma
        2. Atelectasis
        3. Bronchiectasis
        4. Bronchitis
        5. Cor Pulmonale
        6. Emphysema
        7. Pleural Effusion
        8. Pneumonia
        9. Pneumothorax
        10. Respiratory Acidosis
        11. Tuberculosis
        12. Acute Respiratory Failure
        13. Pulmonary Embolism
      10. Neurological Assessment, Disorders, Interventions
        1. Cerebral Hemorrhage
        2. Bell’s Palsy
        3. Brain Abscess
        4. Brain Tumor
        5. Cerebral Aneurysm
        6. Encephalitis
        7. Guillain-Barré syndrome
        8. Meningitis
      11. Spinal cord injury
        1. Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
        2. Seizure disorder
        3. Concussion
        4. Contusion
        5. Subdural Hematoma
        6. Diffuse Axonal Injury
        7. Skull Fracture
        8. Intracerebral Hematoma
        9. Subarachnoid Hemorrhage
      12. Gastrointestinal Assessment, Disorders, Interventions
        1. Appendicitis
        2. Cholecystitis
        3. Cirrhosis
        4. Crohn’s Disease
        5. Diverticulitis
        6. Gastroenteritis
        7. Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
        8. Gastrointestinal bleed
        9. Gastritis
        10. Hepatitis
        11. Hiatal hernia (diaphragmatic hernia)
        12. Intestinal obstruction and paralytic ileus
        13. Pancreatitis
        14. Peritonitis
        15. Peptic Ulcer Disease (PUD)
        16. Ulcerative colitis
      13. Musculoskeletal Assessment, Disorders, Interventions
        1. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
        2. Dislocations
        3. Fractures
        4. Contusion
        5. Gout
        6. Compartment Syndrome
        7. Osteoarthritis
        8. Osteomyelitis
        9. Osteoporosis
        10. Sprain and Strain
      14. Genitourinary and Gynecologic Assessment, Disorders, Interventions
        1. Testicular Torsion
      15. Acute Glomerulonephritis (acute nephritic syndrome)
        1. Kidney stones (Renal Calculi, nephrolithiasis)
        2. Pyelonephritis
        3. Renal Failure
        4. Urinary tract infection
        5. Ectopic Pregnancy
        6. Ovarian Cysts
        7. Pelvic Inflammatory Disease
        8. Preeclampsia and Eclampsia
  9. Index