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May 8, 2018

HOW TO ACE YOUR NEW-GRAD INTERVIEW + MY RESUME

It's graduation season! Which is shortly followed by interview season! I am so blessed to have secured a new-grad registered nurse position at a local trauma center near my house in the Step Down Unit! I have definitely learned a lot throughout my interview process and want to share my tips with you, including what my resume looks like!

My first tip is to do your research. Look up the program/hospital you are interviewing at online and find out their mission statement, values, and goals. Pay attention to if they are a Magnet status hospital or not. When the interviewer asks you why you want to work there (which they will!) incorporate these into your answer. 

My next tip is to prepare and practice, practice, practice! Look up common interview questions for new graduate nurses. Some of the ones I practiced with (that I also had asked during my interview) were:
  1. How do you work on a team? Tell us about a time that you worked on a team.
  2. What are your strengths/weaknesses? 
  3. How would your manager describe you?
  4. How would your co-workers describe you?
  5. Tell us about a time you had a difficult patient and how you responded. 
  6. Tell us about a time your co-worker wasn't pulling the weight of their position and how you responded. 
  7. Why do you want to work at our hospital? 
  8. In 3 words only, describe yourself.
Since I had prepared answers to these, it made me feel so much less anxious. I felt that I could confidently answer them because I knew the points I wanted to touch on with my answer. 

You also want to dress for success on your interview day! I always wear my pantsuit and flats. If you are going to wear a skirt, I would make sure it is at least knee length. You can wear shorter heels, but I wear flats in case the interviewer gives you a tour of the unit. Here's what I wore to my interviews: 


It's in your best interest to buy a leather folder with a notepad to bring to your interviews. The one I have pictured above is from Amazon! The notepad comes in handy when you need to jot down an email address from the interviewer. 

Inside your folder should be your resume (+ 5 copies at least!) and any other documents they may ask you to bring. I always bring copies of my transcript and recommendation letters. 

Here's what my resume looks like. I have blurred out names of hospitals and my university for privacy reasons. If you would like to use this as a template, just email me or PM me on Instagram and I will be happy to send it to you. 
The last and final tip is to always send a follow-up email thanking the interviewer for their time. In this email, you should always mention something that you talked about with them that will help them remember you. 

Good luck on all of your interviews! You will all do great :) 




May 6, 2018

HOW I AM PREPARING FOR THE NCLEX


I am OFFICIALLY done nursing school. Wow, that feels SO weird to say. However, I'm not done studying! I still have one more bridge to cross... the NCLEX. To find out how I am tackling this, keep reading!


I will be using three different sources for studying. These are the Saunder's NCLEX review book, Kaplan self-paced online review, and UWorld. At first. I wasn't going to buy Kaplan, but I really wanted a structured review with videos I could watch for content review. I also found a $50 off coupon for Kaplan that helped a ton! If you want to use it it's LIVE50 at checkout.

Here's my plan to use these materials:

  1.  Get through the Kaplan course (all online). 
  2. Do about 50 questions on UWorld until I am done Kaplan. 
  3. Once I'm done Kaplan I plan to break up my studying into systems which will include:
    1. Cardio, Respiratory, Onco/Hematology, GI/GU, OB, Peds, Neuro, + Musculoskeletal 
  4. Each day I will have a specific system to review on UWorld/Kaplan's QBanks. If I feel I need more review with something, I will read in my Saunder's book or watch a Kaplan content video. 
  5. Once I'm done systems review, I plan to do my last self-assessments on Kaplan and UWorld. 
  6. I will then do a TON of questions until my test date. 
I will definitely update you guys after I have taken the NCLEX to see if this works and what I would have done differently. I hope this helped some of you who are also going through the boards studying struggle right now! 

Happy studying!