I will keep this page short and to the point. Here’s what I have for you today:
In the eBook, you will find multiple great answers to each of the following questions:
- Why do you want to work as a pediatric nurse?
- How do you imagine your cooperation with other nurses, medical assistants and other employees working here?
- It can be extremely difficult to see the young children and their families going through a difficult treatment. How do you plan to deal with it emotionally?
- In your opinion, what role do parents play in child nursing?
- Many children will cry of fight to prevent getting a shot or other treatment. How do you plan to deal with it?
- What do you consider your greatest weakness as a nurse?
- Describe the most difficult or stressful situation you encountered during your clinical experience.
- Imagine that a parent complained about the care their child received, and blamed you for a bad service. How would you react?
- What can we do to appear more friendly to the children?
- In your opinion, what are the most common mental and emotional problems children face nowadays?
- How would you define an excellent patient care?
- … and 15 other tough questions you may face in your interview for a job of a Pediatric Nurse, including tricky scenario-based questions.
Check the sample to see how this eBook can help you:
Sample from the eBook
Q: Imagine that a parent complained about the care their child received, and blamed you for a bad service. How would you react?
Hint: It is important to show your understanding for the emotions parents experience when their child is sick. They may act irrationally, and say things that they will later regret. You should be able to get over it.
What’s more, you should ensure the interviewers that you take each feedback seriously, and won’t simply dismiss it, attributing their words to their emotions. Though you try your best with every patient (and their parent), you can make a mistake. Feedback helps you realize your mistakes, and learn how to do things better next time over.
You can take it even one step further, saying that you would apologize, always, regardless of whether they were right or wrong in their accusations. It is typically the easiest way to calm them down, and a part of delivering a great customer service, something that matters for many healthcare providers.
First of all, I definitely won’t take their words lightly. I want to try my best with each patient, but I can misjudge or misunderstand a situation, and make a mistake. Parents know their children better than anyone else, and their feedback is definitely important.
In a situation you described, I would carefully listen to their words. I would try to assess the situation, whether I really delivered a bad service, or they just perceive it as such, from their position. In both cases I would apologize, and either remedy my mistake, or try to explain them my view of the situation, in a sensitive way. One way or another, parents play important part in pediatric care, and we should try our best to maintain a good relationship with them.
I want to emphasize that I have a full understanding for their emotions. Most parents love their children, and they can be extremely sensitive and emotional when seeing them in a hospital bed. That’s why they may sometimes blame us for things they should actually thank us for.
I definitely wouldn’t take their words personally, or start some pointless conflict. I would simply listen to them carefully, try to understand their point of view, and assess whether we really didn’t make some mistake—which can happen to everyone.
Then I would try to pacify the situation. In some cases, the best thing we can do is apologize, in other ensuring the parent that we are trying our best.
And, of course, if they were right and we really provided a bad service, or made some mistake, I would remedy it immediately.
Q: What will you do to gain trust of your patients?
Hint: The more they trust you, the more they will allow you to do. Now, the interviewers do not expect you to understand everything while you are just starting in pediatric nursing. But you should have at least some ideas and concepts on your mind, things that will help you gain trust of your little patients.
You can suggest letting children “touch” some equipment, such as a stethoscope, for example, to listen to their mom’s heartbeat. Once they get familiar with it, they won’t be afraid of it anymore.
Another thing you can mention is never lying to the children. You should not lighten things, saying that something won’t hurt at all, while you know it will—not necessarily a lot, but keep on your mind that many children are extremely sensitive and responsive to any level of pain.
Once you lose their trust (with a seemingly innocent lie), you will find it hard to gain it back…
First of all, I will try to be honest with them. I won’t tell them something doesn’t hurt if I know it does. And I will always tell them what we are going to do, what treatment we will administer, in a simple language—as long as they are old enough to understand. Children have high emotional intelligence, and they can easily sense what you feel towards them. Hence it is important to have a positive mindset, to have love in your heart for each child you work with in your nursing practice. I also believe that sometimes it simply takes time to build trust. Once they see that we are there to help them, and not to hurt them, once they get familiar with their new surroundings and with the people in the room, they should naturally relax, and everything will be much easier from then on.
I am not sure to be honest. This is my first job application in pediatric nursing, and instead of guessing, I prefer to learn from experienced colleagues. They have been working with children of all ages for years, and surely they know better what works, and what does not.
However, I can imagine that getting somehow familiar with our equipment helps. This is the same for all age groups—also for adults. We are all afraid of the unknown.
When I for example explain the child what’s the stethoscope, and let them listen to the heartbeat of their mom, they should find it easier to allow me to use stethoscope while checking their vitals.
But this is just an example, and as I said, I hope to learn from more experience colleagues. I understand it is crucial to gain their trust though, and will try my best to do so with every single child.
End of the sample
These were just two questions. You will find 25 in the eBook, including difficult scenario-based questions. But that’s not all.
To ensure you will get the job, I included in the book six principles you need to understand in order to ace your interview for a job of a Pediatric Nurse.
Without talking too much about them, let me show you another short sample from the eBook, the first success principle.
Sample no. 2
Principle no. 1: Do your homework
Pediatric nurses work in all kinds of settings. Think school, emergency room, children hospital, community stetting, ambulant care, or even home care. As you can imagine, a day of a school nurse looks differently than a day of a pediatric nurse doing home care, or one working in a children hospital.
In some cases you will be (almost) alone in your work (home care, school nurse), and in some other cases, you will cooperate with a plethora of professionals, ranging from medical assistants and doctors to social workers and occupational therapists (hospital, clinic, rehab).
The number of children you will work with, and your shift patterns, also change from one place to another. It is absolutely pivotal to do a good research about your future place of work and to understand all these nuances. You will need the knowledge to answer some interview questions, and to make a good connection with your interviewers.
Try to research particularly about the following:
- A typical day of a pediatric nurse in their place—the number of hours they work, the number of children they see on a typical day, medical and other professionals they cooperate with while trying to provide the best possible care.
- Profile of a typical patient/client—their age, most common diagnosis, family situation, etc.
- Things that make the place unique, reasons why children (and their families) should choose it instead of other hospital/clinic/ambulance/school (can be anything from modern equipment and excellent reputation to specific location or specialization).
- Problems and challenges they face at the place at the moment (they can be understaffed, going through some profound changes, facing some negative publicity, or anything else).
- History of the institution, at least briefly, and profiles of the leading figures (director of the hospital, head physician, or principal—when you apply for a job of a school nurse).
Luckily we live in 21st century, and you won’t have to consult dozens of people to find the answers. Online reviews, social networks, LinkedIn, and obviously Google and the website of the clinic/hospital/center/school, will help you a lot with your research.
Make notes, print them, and read them before the start of your interview. If possible, visit the place in advance—even just to see the location, and the setting for treatment.
Good research will help you in many ways.
It will help you find good answers to particular interview questions (questions that relate to the place, typical day at work, etc), to calm down before your interview (since it is always easier if we feel somehow familiar with the place and people we will meet), and to come up with a good question, once there’s an opportunity to ask a question.
When you know a lot about the place, or even about the people who lead the interview with you, you will always find something interesting to point out, or to discuss with them.
Ignorant candidates who rely only on their qualification and interviewing skills, and do not even look at the website of the healthcare institution before their interview, are rarely hired.
Do not make the same mistake. Spend enough time researching about them. Make the unfamiliar familiar. It will help you immensely in your interview.
End of the sample
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