The interview for which you are applying soon is not something that warrants a heart attack! Yes, we do feel tightness in the chest and belly aches at the thought of appearing for interviews but really, they are just conversations. You have to teach yourself to stay one step ahead of the interviewer – by preparing well for this “conversation.”
And if you are appearing for an operating room nurse interview soon, here is a set of questions and answers that you can use to prepare for it:
What do you find most challenging while working as a nurse in an operating room environment? How do you manage the tension?
Nursing is a challenge on the whole. There is so much at stake when you are working as an RN. However, working as one in an operating room environment is especially challenging because of the tense atmosphere that ORs carry. Over the years, I have learnt to manage my stress by disassociating myself emotionally. When one is not emotionally involved in a situation, things become easier to manage.
What skills do you have that make you a good RN to work with in an OR?
I am a very professional individual. And I can go from being businesslike to compassionate within a second, depending on the situation. This makes it easy for surgical teams to work with me. And patients love it! I have demonstrated expertise in creating and implementing core nursing care plans – both pre and postoperative. I can develop educational materials to assist patients and their families understand what to expect before and after surgeries. And my meticulousness while preparing surgical rooms is quite widely talked about!
As far as nursing intervention is concerned, what do you know about working as an OR RN?
Right before an operation, an OR nurse has to remain at the patient’s bedsides to comfort him or her. Positioning patients so that they can be operated on properly, providing support in administering anesthesia and monitoring patients throughout the surgical procedure, are all part of a nurse’s work in the operating room.
What duties does an operating room nurse perform after a surgery has been completed?
As soon as an operative procedure is completed, it is the job of the nurse to check and record vitals, arrange for orderly and safe transition to recovery rooms, and evaluate patients’ response to the surgical interventions.
How would you react if you discovered that the patient who is being operated on isn’t completely unconscious?
I would calmly but promptly make the anesthesiologist aware of the problem and provide immediate assistance to do the needful.
If you found out that one person from the surgical team is involved in nefarious activities, what would be your response?
While it is not my place to hold anyone accountable directly, I will make sure that the right person knows what is going on. Hospitals, particularly operating rooms are sensitive places and cannot allow nefarious activities to take place.