I think I posted a couple of weeks ago that I am trying to get a new job at my hospital. Well I have been doing a lot of work, learning more about the department, its strengths and weakness’ and what a new person could do to enhance those strengths. I have been working on developing a business plan and strategic roadmap for the department.
This got me thinking about a question I ask during interviews, “why do you want to work at this hospital”. I really want to know if a nurse is just looking for a job, or do they want to work here, and why. My hospital is a safety net hospital, so our patients are somewhat diverse. By their answer I can really tell if they know what they are getting into.
The best way to get ready for questions like this is to learn about the place you are applying to. Go to their website, learn about the services they provide, read their mission statement and see what they are all about. Ask friend that may work there or did at one time. Learn what ever you can.
This will prepare you for those tough questions that are specific to the institution. It will also show the person who is interviewing you, that you took the time to learn about the hospital, which shows that are your serious about working there.
Rob Cameron is currently a staff nurse in a level II trauma center. He has primarily been an ED nurse for most of his career, but he has also been a nurse manager for Surgical Trauma and Telemetry unit. He has worked in Med/Surg, Critical Care, Hospice, Rehab, an extremely busy cardiology clinic and pretty much anywhere he's been needed.
Prior to his career in nursing, Rob worked in healthcare finance and management. Rob feels this experience has given him a perspective on nursing that many never see. He loves nursing because of all the options he has within the field. He is currently a grad student working on an MSN in nursing leadership, and teaches clinicals at a local university.
Away from work, Rob spends all of his time with his wife and daughter. He enjoys cycling and Crossfit. He is a die hard NASCAR fan. Sundays you can find Rob watching the race with his daughter.
By Rob Cameron