Hi y'all!

Hi y'all!

posted by Nicholijea Carnahan on Aug 18, 2017 6:23 am

My name is Nicholijea Carnahan (Nadya is what I go by) and I'm in my last semester in nursing school, graduating in December 2017! Hoping to get hired in my local hospital's OR and go through their periop program. My end goal for education and career is to be an RNFA! I cannot wait to get started in the OR it has been my dream since I was very young! Our school has us apply for the GN positions before we even graduate and my local hospital's OR posts their positions in October/November. If anyone has any interview tips for getting hired into the OR they would be greatly appreciated. I am already beginning to look at instruments and memorizing them and also sterile technique in the suite etc. Thank you for your time!

Re: Hi y'all!

posted by Melodie Mastrogiovanni on Sep 13, 2017 9:08 pm

Congratulations on finishing up school and becoming an RN this year. I believe you need to just look at interviewing as a whole and not concentrate on just interviewing for the OR. There are a lot of great information on line about interviewing. Make sure you "clean up" any social media sites because employers look at that as well as your background check. Good luck!

Re: Hi y'all!

posted by Connie Garrett on Sep 22, 2017 12:30 pm

Hi Nadya, Ill share my facility interview process. For the interview, 
1. We always ask this question to reduce interview tension: Tell me a little about yourself and your nursing career aspirations: I believe what you stated as your goals and aspirations answers that question but I would also add a little about why you want the opportunity and why you should be selected( what do you bring to the table that makes you stand out from others). That question could be answered: Im a team player, Ive always dreamed of the OR and why etc. I believe I would also repeat that it has always been your dream. 

I like that you have already initiated the learning process in learning sterility and the instrumentation. I wouldnt limit myself to one position. I would probably state that I am interested to learn about all of the roles available to operating room nurses although the RNFA role is very intriguing to me. You could mention that New York recently passed the first RNFA reimbursement bill for RNFAs. What that means is hospitals can bill for their services. Your interviewer may not know that and it will definitely make a difference if you state that "it is only a matter of time that reimbursement for RNFAs" will become a standard in the next few years. Once New York passes a nursing bill, it eventually spreads across the nation just as when they formed the first AORN chapter. 
I wish you all the luck in the world and please let us know how it goes.

Re: Hi y'all!

posted by Nakeisha Washington on Sep 25, 2017 10:28 am

Hi Nadya-

Congratulations and keep up the great work! Some pointers I would recommend is knowing the role of the OR nurse, in addtion to the various roles in the OR's (i.e. circulator role, scrub role, PNA/PCA, CRNA, anesthesiologist). Research the hospital you're interviewing with to obtain some insight on their mission and vision to ensure it aligns with your nursing vision. Nursing is such a diverse field. What made you choose the OR and what sets you apart from other candidates? What characteristics and value would you provide to the team? How do you deal with conflict resolution and provide an example. If you would like I am more than willing to coverse with you off line to speak on it further. My contact information is ndwashington@houstonmethodist.org. Again congratulations!


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