Mo says I dress like a grandma.
Could it be all the cardigans?
perhaps it's the bun.
or the flats?
or maybe all the neutral colors...
whatever it is, it's an improvement on comparing me to a jr. high girl when we first met.
(but that was when I carried a brown corduroy purse, so it was understandable).
I had an interview for a hospital transfer last week.
That's one thing I love about nursing: you can try out different areas and it's like a whole new job! almost. :)
I currently work on the Telemetry unit (meaning I take care of patients who specifically need their hearts monitored for one reason or another: strokes, fainting/needing pacemakers, detoxing, etc).
I interviewed to transfer to the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU) meaning I'll take care of more critical cardiac patients, particularly those who've had surgery.
This interview? Completely different than any I've done before.
I'm not interviewing to GET a job (I'm currently employed), I'm interviewing to transfer to another position. This means the new boss has already heard about me from other employees and I have a reputation that factors in.
So let me tell you what I learned:
1. Practice. You know they're going to ask you what your strengths and weaknesses are, you might as well prepare an answer. Mo 'fake-interviewed' me the night before. He's sweet like that.
2. Don't be nervous. If you can help it. It only causes more problems.
When I get nervous, I get cold. I shiver (hence, the cardigan). But THEN after the interview, my body adjusts and then I'm sweating... obviously, I don't stick around after.
Also, try to relax. I'm not entirely sure, but I think the bottom lid of my left eye was twitching. Does my new boss think I was winking at him during the first half of the interview?
It's very possible.
3. Don't forget to sell yourself.
New boss: Aren't you a preceptor?
Me: OH, right! I've been precepting new employees and nursing students for about a year now... (I go on to explain...)
New boss: And aren't you also on a hospital committee?
Me: Yes! I am! I'm on two committees... (I go on to explain, again)
New boss: You know, this is the part where you're supposed to brag about yourself...
Moral of the story: It's much cooler if you can tell your boss the good stuff about yourself without being prompted.
4. Know what you're getting into. Your new boss will like the fact that you know what the new job will entail and that you think it'll be a good fit. For example, I know the nurses on CVICU only work with 1 to 2 patients, depending on how critical they are. I'm EXCITED about that because I'll finally have time to feel like a nurse. I look forward to not rushing between rooms, doing the minimum amount of care. I'll be able to knew ALL the details about a patient and how I can best help them. A hospitalization is bound to be one of the lowest points in a person's life (unless you're in the maternity ward, of course) and my goal is to make the experience as pleasant as possible.
In the end, this grandma got the job.
I start in May.
The one downside to the whole thing is going back to night shift.
I have a few ideas to try and make the transition easier this time...