NURSING INTERVIEW REPORT 1
I am a weekend nursing supervisor in a local nursing home. Being aregistered nurse and having worked for the last five years, I wasassigned to this post due to my capabilities and knowledge level. Asa weekend shift supervisor, I coordinate all the activities whichregard the nursing personnel on all the units during Saturdays andSundays. I am responsible for promoting quality care to the patientsand assessing the needs and requirements of the residents ensuringthat the nursing services provided are commensurate with theprevailing needs (DeWit & O`Neill, 2013). For this task, I ensureadequate and appropriate staff is present during the shifts. I writeall performance plans for the on-call staff and directly superviseand evaluate them accordingly.
I communicate regularly with unit managers on important issuesrelating to their units such as infection control, falls control,patient’s conditions, patients’ complaints and other pertinentissues that may arise. I ensure that all the required equipment,drugs, instruments and support services are in play during the shiftsto enable excellent care of the patients and provide a good workingenvironment for the resident’s physicians and other nursing staff.As a supervisor, I answer to the assistant director of nursingservices in the nursing home who in turn answers to the director ofnursing services (DeWit & O`Neill, 2013).
Due to the experience I have had in my supervisory capacitycompounded with my adequate nursing knowledge and excellentcommunication and management skills, I am interested in a higher postof assistant director of nursing services.In line with my ambitions,I had one-on-one interview with the assistant director in an attemptto get a detailed overview of the job specifications and challengesinvolved. The assistant director was more than happy to grant me theopportunity and was willing to guide me through the job description.The interview took place at her office on a Monday afternoon when Iwas off-duty and she was less busy.
I started by greeting her formally. We had a good relationship andthus I was free to ask as many questions as possible. I took somenotes during the interview to help me reflect on her sentiments at alater time. She explained to me about the nature and scope of the jobby stating that assistant director reported to the director ofnursing services. She also received reports from the shiftsupervisors, medical clerks, registered and licensed practical nursesand unit managers (Finkelman, 2015).
She explained that assistant director’s post complemented that ofthe director in many ways. First, the post holder helped in planning,supervision and development of activities of nursing personnel, bothlicensed and non-licensed, who gave nursing services to the nursinghome (Yoder-Wise, 2014). The post holder also assisted in developingand implementing nursing services, policy guidelines, procedures andnursing objectives in line with the federal and state laws. The postholder also shared a platform with the director and other topmanagement officers in selecting and hiring nursing staff promotionand appraisals determination and solving any disputes amongst theemployees (DeWit & O`Neill, 2013).
The assistant director backed up the registered nursing staff everyweek and 24 hours a day. That means that the post is very demandingand requires patience, time management and management skills(Yoder-Wise, 2014). The assistant director also liaised with theresident’s physician regularly concerning medical orders andpatients’ care. Finally, the assistant assumed the responsibilitiesof the director in case of her absence from duty.
She continued to explain to me about the main accountabilities of theassistant director. She oversaw all the clinical operations of thedepartment including monitoring of conditions, pharmacologicalmedications, management of pressure ulcers and Foley catheters amongothers. The assistant assisted the director in designing andimplementing relevant nursing systems that were consistent withquality service delivery and promotion of patient’s rights(Yoder-Wise, 2014). The assistant was charged with conducting nursingrounds across all the units many times a day to monitor the progressof the shifts from the beginning to the end.
She was also charged with providing regular reports andrecommendations to the director concerning operations and welfare ofnursing department. She also ensured discipline and code of conductof nursing officers in the nursing home and took appropriatedisciplinary action whenever needed. The assistant director ensuredthat the nursing officers were aware and compliant with the state andfederal regulations in their daily operations (DeWit & O`Neill,2013). She was also charged with conducting meetings in absence ofthe director. Lastly, the assistant director ensured that theresidents in the nursing home were not abused, victimized, mistreatedor neglected in any way.
Theassistant director continued to expound on the prerequisitequalifications for the job starting with academic degree in nursingfrom accredited institutions registered and licensed nurse in thestate excellent communication and managerial skills 3-5 years ofexperience high level of ethical principles and basic computerskills (Finkelman, 2015).This information was very important to mesince it awakened and raised my ambition of becoming an assistantdirector. I was motivated to work harder and improve on my weaknessesin order to clinch the position. I possessed most of the requiredqualities and I was willing to go an extra mile to fulfill my dreamsof ultimately becoming the director of nursing services.
DeWit, S. C., & O`Neill, P. A. (2013). Fundamental conceptsand skills for nursing. Atlanta, GA: Elsevier Health Sciences.
Finkelman, A. (2015). Leadership and management for nurses: Corecompetencies for quality care. NJ: Pearson
Yoder-Wise, P. S. (2014). Leading and managing in nursing.Atlanta, GA: Elsevier Health Sciences.