Preparing for your Staff Nurse Interview is important – you’ll need to make the right impression, sell yourself and demonstrate care, compassion and competence.
Normally your interview will be brief and only last around 15 to 20 minutes and is usually completed by the two or three people – the ward / unit manager plus a senior nurse and possibly a HR representative.
How to Make a Good Impression
First impressions are important and doing this well will put you in good stead for the rest of the interview. You’ll be understandably nervous but try not to be a gibbering mess.
- Smile when you walk in and shake hands with members of the panel if you can.
- Take your time, get comfortable and compose yourself.
- Ask the panel to explain or reword a question if you don’t understand it.
- Ask for extra time to answer a question if you need it.
- Keep good eye contact and don’t rush your answers – be concise.
How Can You Prepare?
Prepare an opening statement. It’s commonplace for interviewers to ask open-ended questions like “tell us a bit about yourself” or “why should we employ you”. Prepare a reply that covers not only your professional life but also a bit about your personal life. It’s important the interviewer feels they have gotten to know you.
Learn about the area. Familiarise yourself with the area you’ll be interviewing for, understand the kind of patients or clients they look after and if possible arrange a visit to the area prior to interviewing.
Read up about the trust. Have a knowledge of recent incidents or feedback as well as any awards or commendations the trust or area has been given.
Demonstrate common sense. It is likely your interview will include scenario based questions and it’s just as important to demonstrate common sense as well as clinical skills. Don’t be afraid to say things like ‘I’d ask the patient‘ or ‘I’d speak to the family‘.
Principles, values and behaviors. Demonstrate you are a trustworthy, respectable person with a caring attitude. Read these ‘Values and Behaviors’ documents by University Hospitals Bristol, Guys and St. Thomas and Nottingham University Hospitals – trusts pride themselves on providing patient centered and holistic care.
Know the 6 C’s. Care, compassion, competence, communication, courage and commitment. You can read the full NHS England document here.
Use keywords or phrases. You can score essential points in your interview simply by using phrases like; “I work well within a team”, “I’ll always seek advice from a more senior nurse when I’m unsure”, “I can prioritise my workload” and “I have good communication skills.
Tell them about your areas of interest. If you have a keen interest in core areas like end of life care, infection control or tissue viability mention these at interview and demonstrate you would be keen to take up link-roles.
“What would you do if…”. These questions can he hard to prepare for but remember to demonstrate common sense and show your principles, values and behaviors. Usual topics will include the identification and management of a septic patient, dealing with confused patients, speaking to patients wanting to self-discharge, identifying safeguarding concerns and the management of dementia or delirium.
The Quality Care Commission and the Francis Report. Have an awareness about the role of the CQC. Understand the recommendations that were made in the Francis Report and the implications it had on healthcare.
Prepare questions to ask. Show your keen and have two or three questions prepared to ask.
Although you should take your portfolio, have important documents at the front, it is unlikely the interviewer will have time to look through it all.
These tips are for ‘Band 5‘ Staff Nurse role and should be used as a loose guide only, it is likely you will be asked questions specific to the trust or area you will be working in.
Finally, don’t over prepare and good luck!
Lucozade is no longer as effective at treating hypoglycemia
Due to changes in its recipe and a significant reduction in glucose, Lucozade will not be as effective as a treatment for hypoglycemic patients.
Recipe changes to Lucozade Original Energy product line mean it will no longer be as effective at treating hypoglycemic patients – this is due to a 50% reduction in glucose based carbohydrates. Healthcare Professionals should seek guidance from their local specialist team on alternative treatment protocols.
This change applies to all Lucozade Energy Flavours. New products started appearing on shelves in April 2017. However, for a short time, both the new and old recipe will be available.
Previously, 100ml of Lucozade Original contained 17g of carbohydrate; this was reduced to 8.9g in April 2017.
According to Diabietes.co.uk, patients who experience a hypoglycemic episode are advised to consume 15-20g of sugar when treating low blood sugar, but this will no longer be equivalent to 100ml of Lucozade.
Lucozade Ribena Suntory, which also makes Ribena and Orangina, among other drinks, is lowering its sugar content by replacing these sugars with low-calorie sweeteners, such as aspartame.
You can also visit www.lrsuntory.com/health for more information on Lucozade’s changing nutritional values or speak to your local diabetes specialist team.
Shift Planner for Nurses, Students & Support Staff
Shift planning is essential for safe care, some people using a piece of paper others have their thoughts well arranged in their head, either way everybody does it.
This shift planner has been designed with newly qualified nurses and student nurses in mind but would be suitable for anybody to use.
You can download our Shift Planner for FREE. You are free to download, print and distribute our shift planner as you wish. You will need a PDF reader on your PC to download.
The planner has been created with two primary columns, one for your main nursing priorities and one to remind you to hand over jobs to the next shift. It also features a small key and area for general notes. Due to limited space we have only included enough room to plan up to eight patients, if you need more we encourage you print doublesided.
We encourage you to make comments or suggestions in the comments section below. The most popular will be implemented in a version 2.
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