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Had the interview

Friday, September 06, 2013

So yesterday I had the interview half way across town. I was apprehensive about it before I went. Usually I am not really nervous about interviews because I have done a million of them and staff nursing in long term care doesn't require a 3 piece suit. The place is beautiful, set on a campus of other buildings next to a hospital. But I felt somewhat uneasy about it. I got the impression of pretentiousness. Got in the interview and found myself still uneasy. The HR person asked a series of stereotypical questions from a script. She didn't try to gauge what the real "Keith" was like. I get a real feel for a place the moment I walk in. I notice how people talk to each other, the words they use, how they dress, if they smile, how they interact with each other, if they try to make me feel at home. I like to talk so I did not have a problem answering questions. No tour of the place was given which is really important for me to gauge if I am a fit or not. The last thing that was said was they were interviewing a lot of people and would get back to me. The crazy thing was was there was a little phone interview before I went. In Long term care and even the hospital you really don't have a series of interviews if you are a staff nurse. Usually, one. It used to be that you were interview right then and there and offered a job right then. With the cuts over the years employers can be more choosy. That is changing as the median age of nurses is about 50years old and many will be starting to retire along with the health needs increasing with our aging population. Any who, I don't think that I got the job and I wouldn't feel comfortable taking the job if offered. A telling sign was that all the nurses had to wear White without and designs or colors. I am sure that they give great care but I would not feel comfortable there. Yes, Batman does not were all white. I would look like a bit white cloud going down the hall.
Incidentally, took my lawn mower over my brother's to get fixed after I "fixed" it. He took it out of the car and to my horror and his amusement the blade that I so successfully installed fell off (clink!) in front of our eyes. I didn't know what to say. The lawn mower blade had just fallen off the mower and hit the ground. Could I have been any more inept. I think not. Any how, within 10mins he discovered the problem and gave me another mower to use and some lessons on how to maintain a lawn mower. Also, tole me that if I broke the mower he just gave me he would not be happy.
And last but not least, my new custom trail mix came in the mail and it is delicious. Not to it in snack bags. Take care, Keith

P.S: I warned you I like to talk. emoticon
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    I always follow my instincts -- that's the reason i am job hunting because i didn't follow my instincts

    1627 days ago
    It's rather frustrating that even a rather in-demand profession like nursing is getting the same kind of ridiculous HR run-around that those of us in other professions have been dealing with for the past 4 years. It is just a power trip and you're right to interpret the whole experience as... questionable at best. Some idiot in management who thinks that uniforms should be unadorned white (seriously, in 2013, we're going back to that nonsense when we know patients respond better to color and liveliness?) is going to be the same idiot who ultimately ruins the department or hospital altogether by making decisions that have no basis in reality. It's depressing.
    1629 days ago
    I believe you should trust your instincts! Nurses still having to wear white only seems a bit archaic to me. You will find the right fit, but I don't think it's this one.

    Glad the trail mix worked out. Sounds like a very cool idea really -- "designing" your own and having them make it up and ship it.Very cool.

    Trust yourself and keep on doing what you're doing. Pretty soon you will disappear at this rate! Feeling better overall is what it's all about!

    Take care. emoticon
    1629 days ago
    So is doesn't seem like this is the right job for you. But one will come along..that is a better fit.

    And you are smart to use those super hero senses to get a reading on the feel of the place.

    Although, thinking of my own experience, incarcerated in a "nice" Nursing Home for 4 months..I would love the image of a large white cloud floating down the hall! emoticon
    1629 days ago
    Those first impressions can be important. Maybe you can visit with some of the nurses on a followup visit and inquire about the uniform requirements? And also any benefits they might tell you which might not have been covered in RB interview. Being across town might not be convenient. Might be able to google to find Facebook pages of people who are nurses there and strike up a conversation - someone might want to spill!! (Especially if you found one working there who begrudged the uniform restrictions.).

    I remember being in hospitals, both as patient and as family members of patients, and having some come in where I couldn't tell if they were nurses or janitor staff!! So sometimes a uniform makes a clearer distinction between nurse (RN, Lon), CNA, etc.).

    Good luck!!
    1629 days ago
    OH my gosh . . . they don't wear scrub??? I've been in nursing for 36 yrs. and remember the days of the white uni and the nurses' cap. But thought those days were long gone (well the days of the cap sure are!) But it's so much more sanitary to have scrubs!

    Oh well, hope something more suitable comes up. First impressions are everything.

    Glad your trail mix is meeting expectations!

    HUGS and great weekend.
    1629 days ago
    I have been a nurse for 35 years but have not done bedside nursing in 30 years. But I remember those days of having an interview and getting a job offer right then and there. Things are so different now. My daughter's friend worked as an aide at our local hospital all through high school and college and before that she was a candy striper there. When she graduated from college they did not even offer her a job. It took her a few months to find one at another hospital.

    I too am like you. If I did not get a good feel at first then I did not take the job when it was offered. First impressions are as important to the interviewee as it is to the interviewer.

    Good luck and keep looking!! You will find the one that is a good fit for you!!

    1629 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/6/2013 7:57:28 AM
    If this job is for you, then it will be. Keep the faith.
    1629 days ago
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