Ask Me Anything

The U.K.’s The Guardian newspaper asked nurse recruiters for their most common interview questions, and they seem to translate just fine to the U.S. Most are fairly usual for any type of job, but some you wouldn’t be asked when applying for an investment banker position or even a job as a health care writer. We’re thinking of questions like, “What does compassionate care mean to you and how do you deliver it?” and “What makes a good shift?” The bottom line: they’re looking for these alliterative qualities: compassion and communication, respect and resilience, and accountability and adaptability.

Nursing Shortage Hits Rural Areas Hardest

Hospitals face a nursing shortage across the country. But nowhere is the problem more pressing than in rural areas, reports. "When we talk to nurse executives and staff around the country, we hear they have difficulty recruiting, and nurses are short-staffed," American Nurses Association President Pamela Cipriano told the network. The reasons are multifold. An aging population of older patients requires more care, the nursing workforce is also growing older — and retiring — and rural health care organizations have a tougher time recruiting than do their big-city counterparts. Navicent Health in Macon, Ga., needs more than 150 nurses, according to CNBC. Employee inducements can provide one way of cutting into the shortage, as can an effort on the part of nursing schools to produce more graduates.

Fledgling Nurse Saving Lives While Airborne

Courtney Donlon, 22, has been practicing as a nurse for just nine months, but already she’s saving lives, and doing so while thousands of miles in the air. On a flight from Florida up to New Jersey, Conlon was awakened to a fellow passenger in cardiac distress, feeling short of breath and in pain, the (East Brunswick, N.J.) Home News Tribune reports. The young nurse — who works in respiratory care at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in Brunswick, N.J.— sprang into action seeking aspirin and an oxygen tank to help the woman.  Donlon convinced the pilot to land to get the woman to emergency care immediately, the Tribune reports, and the captain listened. The woman was shuttled off to emergency care after the emergency landing, but Donlon is unclear what happened after. "Maybe she will reach out to me," she told the newspaper. "I'm going to give it some time before I reach out, because her condition was very serious and I want to make sure she can rest comfortably."

Are Rompers Real?

Step 1: Rompers are declared to be in for men.

Step 2: A handful of attention-seekers declare their allegiance to the outfit, including a nurse who fashioned a scrubs version of the uncomfortable-looking piece of clothing, as described by the Click2Houston website.

Step 3 Everybody forgets it even happened.

Quick Hits

Here are a few more nursing-related items that caught our eye in the past week, in rapid fashion:

  • A study presented at the American Geriatrics Society Annual Scientific Meeting found that nurses’ calls to older patients after they were discharged from the emergency department failed to have an effect on readmission rates or patient follow-up, Medscape reports.
  • Heather Dombrosky, a nurse and avid cook, is set to appear on the new season of the Fox show Master Chef, according to the Miami Herald. Reportedly, famous, cantankerous chef Gordon Ramsay yells at the nurse contestant “like a little child” on the show, and the Miami native says she loved it.
  • Should nurses be allowed to continue practicing if they have dementia? That question is the topic of debate at the Royal College of Nursing’s annual Congress in Liverpool, England, the BBC reports.
  • Finally, a fluke needle prick years ago has turned Karen Daley from a nurse at Brigham and Women’s Hospital into an HIV patient and fierce advocate for safety, the Boston Herald reports.  “When life takes unpredictable turns, when things happen that don’t make sense and aren’t in your plans, it’s not about life being unfair,” Daley told the newspaper. “It’s how you find meaning and purpose in spite of that. Through it.”