When I see the charge nurse jaunting out of the unit while I’m drowning trying to get everything finished before the next shift comes in…
When the docs or NPs won’t put in orders that I want or ask me to do something that I don’t think will be in the patient’s best interest…
Hey! I start my NICU residency this Monday. I was wondering if there were any books you would recommend for me to read or any other helpful resources/tips? I'd really appreciate it, thanks!
so sorry for the delay in response! click here for a link to another blog post that has some resources i put together for some other nurses in your same position.
i really like this book and am currently working through it in my down time at work.
mostly though you’re going to be cramming so many new experiences and information in that brain of yours i’d say just relax a little bit and have it come to you at an easy pace. i was so worried and so consumed with everything and trying to learn as much as i could i didn’t really give myself time to just pause and enjoy the experience of being a new nurse learning about something i loved. i remember thinking so often that so much of what i learned in school didn’t make a lick of sense until i got to experience it first hand.
i hope you’re enjoying it and learning some great things. most importantly, welcome to the world of nicu nursing!
Hi there! I just graduated nursing school and I have an interview coming up for the NICU :D Can you suggest any ways to prepare/any common questions they might ask? Thanks so much :)
some questions often asked in nursing interviews are (be prepared to give examples of how you’ve done each!):
- how do you multitask?
- how do you deal with angry families?
- how do you deal with a difficult co-worker?
- how do you advocate for your families?
- how do you prioritize your care?
- how do you deal with stress?
- what was a time that you know something that you did positively affected the care your patient received?
- talk about a time you saw another nurse, care partner, or doctor doing something incorrectly. how did you handle it?
- what would you do if someone asked you to do something outside of your scope of practice?
one of my favorite interview questions of all time was, “tell us about your proudest moment in patient care”. it was one of the first questions they asked me and it not only set a great tone for the interview but it also gave me a free pass to talk myself up a bit.
also just as important is to come to the interview with your own questions. some examples are:
- what’s your nurse to patient ratio?
- what is it about your unit that makes your nurses stay year after year?
- what model of care do you use? (i.e. use of care partners)
- what qualities do your most successful nurses possess?
I sure hope this helps! Good luck with your interview!