Chapter 4 The Experienced Nurse Interview

Are You an Experienced Nurse?

As strange as it may sound, there isn’t a clear definition of an experienced nurse. Some say that after six months as a practicing nurse you are no longer a new grad, but six months is really not a lot of experience. And experience doing what? Is five years of experience as a nurse in a nursing home equivalent to five years of experience working on a medical surgical unit? Is five years of experience working in an urgent care center equivalent to five years working in an intensive care unit? Probably not.

Some healthcare facilities have adopted a clinical ladder that describes levels of nursing experience that associate each level with progressively higher compensation. Levels ...

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