Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job Interview Tips For Nurses – Making an Interview Work for you

Job interview tips for Nurses is something that is regularly asked by candidates coming to Three Q.  Because there is sometimes a skills test along with the formal interview that candidates have to go through, it can be daunting to Nurses, especially those who have just graduated and haven’t been interviewed before. However, Three Q have been helping to match job-seeking Nurses with Employers for years so we know a thing or two about job interviews. Any job interview can be a nervous time for candidates so we’ve put together our list of top tips in preparing for that Nursing interview in confidence.

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The Role Of An Acute Care Nurse

The role of an acute care nurse is a very important one within the healthcare system. Nursing job opportunities in Dublin are becoming more competitive.  Here at Three Q we help acute nurses to find their perfect career from our job listings compiled by our clients. Whether you’re looking for Permanent or Temp work, we’ll help you to get your ideal acute nursing job. If you’re a nurse who’s unsure what specialty you’d like to pursue, or maybe are just curious about what the job entails, we’ve put together some of the aspects of what an acute care nurse is responsible for.

Acute care is a nursing specialty and nurses generally only work with patients for only a short amount of time. Typical duties include treatment after surgery or for a chronic illness. An acute care nurse must be an NBMI registered nurse. Acute nurses are highly skilled and in demand. This is due the need for acute nurses to be fast learners and adaptable to change, as an acute nurse you will learn something new each day . You must be able to solve conflicts with time management as it is a fast paced job and the job will change continually change due to new developments in health care.

What is acute care?

Acute care falls under the broader category of secondary care – the stage after primary care (when a patient makes first contact with medical professionals). Acute care involves the treatment of patients diagnosed with short term but serious conditions – and might take place in a number of clinical settings like Accident & Emergency, Intensive Care and Neonatal Care. Typical medical conditions an acute care nurse may be called upon to treat range from severe injury and chronic illness, to strokes and infectious diseases.

Day-to-day responsibilities

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Like other nursing roles, acute nurses work with patients, perform administrative tasks and assist other medical professionals, like doctors and consultants. A typical day might include: the assessment and monitoring of patient conditions, checking symptoms and vital signs and arranging diagnostic tests, developing ongoing care plans, administering intravenous drips or different types of medication, checking and using specialised equipment such as monitors and ventilators

As an acute nurse working in hospital wards, GP surgeries or community care centres, no two days will ever be the same – and you should expect surprises. Acute nurses may be first on the scene when a patient’s condition changes – for better or worse – and should be prepared to administer emergency first aid. Conversely, acute nurses deal frequently with patients whose conditions are improving – which could mean contacting family members and support services or arranging transfer to different facilities.

Skills and qualities

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Acute care professionals deal with a huge number of patients presenting with a wide range of conditions so an ability to be caring, compassionate and patient is crucial. Acute nurses may have to deal with patients with learning disabilities or those suffering from dementia –  these situations demand excellent communication skills. Given the fluid nature of the role, nurses should be prepared to think quickly – and on their feet – and adapt to the demands of on-going medical situations.

The starting point of an acute care nursing career is the a bachelor degree of science in nursing and an NBMI membership. Many hospitals now offer acute care orientation and internship programs.  By taking positions in acute care subspecialty areas such as oncology, cardiac care, or geriatrics, acute nurses can advance their careers. A majority of these positions require acute care nurse practitioners.  

Further Your Career

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Acute care nurses have plenty of opportunities for career advancement and increased salary.  A number of job boards show an abundance of available jobs. These nurses are highly skilled and enjoy great demand, and openings are in available in a variety of settings beyond hospitals.  Continued hiring growth makes the outlook for this nursing specialty a truly positive one. Additional steps on the career ladder include advancing to a charge nurse or becoming a nursing educator or administrator.

Acute care nursing promises new challenges every day, but for committed and capable nurses, offers a long, rewarding career. To keep up to date on the industry developments and find vacant acute care positions, check out our roles and read the latest from us at Three Q. If you are an employer and are wishing to advertise your job in our listings, please email sales@3reqruitment.ie or phone +353 1878 3335 .   

Experienced Nurse Recruiter Role – Remote & Office Based Job

We are currently looking for a candidate to fulfil an Experienced Nurse Recruiter for a remote and office based job. Here at Three Q we don’t just recruit for other companies, but we often need to find people for our own team too. If you’ve ever wanted to work with a company who values teamwork, and their employees we’re the place for you. Three Q cares about its team, has a huge emphases on CSR and believes in people helping people.

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Nursing job opportunities in Dublin

Nursing job opportunities in Dublin are becoming more competitive.  Here at Three Q we help nurses to find their perfect career from our job listings compiled by our clients. Whether you’re looking for Permanent or Temp work, we’ll help you to get your ideal nursing job. Below, we’ve put together a list of some of the most popular nursing jobs that our clients are advertising with us. Read more

Life as a Fertility Nurse in Dublin

Life as a Fertility Nurse in Dublin is an exciting area for nurses who love to help both couples and individuals who are facing issues with infertility.  Here at Three Q, we help to match the best candidates with our employers within a huge range of careers including Fertility Nursing. Fertility Nursing is one of these jobs and although it’s a complex one,  we’ve broken down what life working as a fertility nurse in Dublin is like. Read more

MRI Clinical Specialist Jobs North and South Dublin

MRI  Clinical Specialist jobs North and South Dublin available.  One of the many positions available through Three Q Recruitment this week is an “MRI Clinical Specialist”.   This is an exciting position.  It  offers the candidate the responsibility to lead, guide and train a team in the area of magnetic resonance imaging.  You will also manage service delivery on a day-to-day basis.  The MRI Clinical Specialist works in a multi-modality fast paced site and will gain exceptional experience from a clinical, governance and management perspective. Read more

3 Reasons Why Fast Recruitment Is Essential

 

Recruitment agencies understand how busy HR managers are. They want to help you by finding your perfect candidate. Speed of response is key in order to beat the competition and hire the top candidate they are offering you. We see this every day, especially in the Medical Sector, where HR & recruitment teams need to liaise with doctors and consultants for opinions on potential candidates. We all understand how busy they are. All of this means that acting fast and getting a swift response to a recruitment agency can be difficult.

Many people do not realise the heavy workload that the HR department carries. Hiring staff can be a tedious and lengthy process. Especially for a company that requires only the most qualified candidates for specific roles.

Here are 3 reasons from us on why a quick response is important;

  • The speed of response, from when a recruiter offers a candidate to the HR or hiring manager is so important. If you feel this could be the right candidate, you should respond to the recruiter as soon as you can, to set up an interview. This helps to eliminate the competition. One particular candidate could be sought after by a number of recruiters for numerous organisations. That’s why time is important, being a day late to respond could cost you the best person for the job.
  • Hot candidates could be dealing with many recruiters or organisations. Sending them an email or having a quick phone call to say that they have been shortlisted for the role could secure them before anyone else, rather than leaving it a few days to get back to them.  Your interest and commitment to them will lead to their commitment in your role over the competition.
  • It can improve your ratios for interview to hire. It can’t do any harm to have more than a few suitable candidates as the chances of you filling the role will increase. Limiting yourself due to time constraints or waiting to hear back from other team members or hiring managers can greatly affect the recruitment process.

If you want the perfect candidate, meet them halfway by getting back to your recruiter on time. Remember, your recruiter is an extension of your team.

 

Reasons Why Nurses Should Blog

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Blogging on the industry they love in a positive and thoughtful way, Nurses can become subject matter experts; where there are many ways a nurse can utilise social media to a healthcare advantage, such as promoting the profession through educating the public, or to promote their outside, health-related endeavours and interests.

Having an individual blog and social media presence shows their dedication to the field, helps them stay on top of trends in the industry and looks great to employers.
On the other hand, increasing visibility through an online presence can help nurses get ahead in their career, which in some cases, could lead to a higher position and/or a raise.

Nursing is a very inspiring profession, so will be your blog, if you decide to speak your mind out. You save lives and you work hard everyday, and you never know who might be reading your blog one day. You might inspire an existing Nurse who needs a little motivation to continue with her day, because sometimes just knowing that someone else feels the way you do or has experienced the same thing can make you feel better. You might drive someone to want to become a Nurse with the genuine and sincere words that you write.

You could be sharing tips on how to cope with workplace stress, or help answering questions about advanced nursing degree programs… You will always be heard!

We would love to hear from you, it could be anything you want to talk about; an experience, a tip, a funny story, a thought, or an idea… Email us your words on our “sister brand” hello@nursejobsireland.com and will share it with all Nurses out there.

How to Motivate Employees in the Workplace

Motivate EmployeesYou, as a business owner, can hire the most talented, educated, and experienced employees in the industry to grow your business. But, if they’re not motivated to bring their best selves to work every day and to work together for the good of the company, all of that talent will be wasted.

 

The hiring process is just the beginning. Once you’ve onboarded your team, it’s time to get them motivated and keep them motivated. The future of your business is at stake.

How to Motivate Employees in the Workplace

There are many tactics you can utilize to inspire your employees’ best work. Understanding how these will affect your team members is the first step to improving workplace satisfaction and ultimately your bottom line.

 

1. Competitive Pay

It seems fairly obvious. If you don’t pay your employees what they are worth (and more), they will underperform. They’ll always have one foot out the door from the moment they start.

 

Underpaying your staff sends the message that you don’t value their hard work and their talents. If you don’t value their hard work, they won’t either.

 

Here’s how to make competitive pay work for you:

 

  • Before you float a position, research the general pay scale and then go above it. You will attract brighter talent and foster more loyalty.

 

  • Stay abreast of how raises are being handled in your industry and do even better. Institute performance based raises in addition to cost-of-living raises.
  • Make sure that your brand new employees are not coming in at a higher salary than your seasoned employees. No, you don’t want your employees discussing salary. And yes, they do it anyway. Nothing tells your experienced employees that they are expendable like bringing in a newbie at a higher pay rate.

 

Pay your employees well and they will return more rewards.

2. Benefits

While health insurance is the first thought that springs to mind during the benefits discussion, it shouldn’t be the only one. Employees expect health insurance, so offering that doesn’t set you apart from the crowd or motivate your staff.

 

It’s time to think outside the box:

 

  • Wellness programs – this can include gym memberships, massages, weight loss or smoking cessation support, You can offer monetary rewards for participation and completion. This not only motivates employees, but also decreases sick days and may lower your health insurance costs.
  • Tuition reimbursement – Students are graduating with more and more student loans every year. In addition, some employees may want to go back to school so they can move up in your company.

    Offering money for tuition or towards student loans can help motivate your employees to grow and improve. It also sends the message that you appreciate personal development and want your employees to have upward mobility.

  • Telecommuting – People love to work from home and to make their own schedule. Whenever possible, give your trusted employees the option to skip the office and work from the comfort of their homes.

    Creating their own schedule can be appealing to many employees and you will likely find that they work more efficiently when given this freedom. This will also keep them from feeling like they are being micro-managed, a situation which will ensure that your employees do the bare minimum and harbor resentment towards management.

 

Get creative with your use of benefits and your employees will thank you in improved performance.

 

2. Ensuring managers have leadership qualities

Your employee is doing a fantastic job in their current role so you reward them with a promotion. This seems good in theory, but what if that employee isn’t management material? The Peter principle states that “managers rise to the level of their incompetence”.
Managers need to possess leadership qualities. If you plan to promote for a job well done, make sure that:

  1. a) the employee already shows these qualities, or
  2. b) you give them sufficient training to succeed in their new position.

 

When you promote (or even worse, hire) a leader without leadership qualities, the employee will suffer, the team will suffer, and your business will suffer.

 

3. Performance reviews

It may seem counterintuitive for anyone who has ever had the dreaded “review”, however checking in with your employees on a regular basis and discussing their performance can be a win-win situation.

Here’s how:

  • Review expectations: Here’s what’s expected of you.
  • Offer positive feedback: Here’s what you did well.
  • Provide constructive suggestions: Here are the areas in which you need to improve, and how to do it. (be specific!).
  • Utilize financial rewards and incentives: Bonuses, raises, promotions, etc.
  • Create a safe space: Allow your employee to review the leadership and motivation they are receiving. And don’t forget to listen.

 

4. Engage with them personally through staff meetings

No one wants to work for the Wizard of Oz, a giant talking head who can’t be bothered speaking to his team. The best bosses are the ones who know their employees on a professional level, yet also care about them on a personal level.

 

Take the time to speak to your employees through one on one meetings and staff meetings, and most importantly, listen to your employees when they speak to you. The greatest ideas, breakthroughs, and solutions will come from the employees that are in the thick of it.

 

Front line, middle management; these are the people who understand how your business is run. Take advantage of this wealth of knowledge and show your appreciation for their hard work.
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No matter what type of building you occupy, how much you’ve spent in equipment or inventory, and how much you love your customers, your employees are your biggest investment and your best assets. Treat them with respect and provide them with constant sources of motivation, and your business will boom.

Written by: Brad Mishlove, CEO and founder of Catapult Groups, an executive coaching organization is committed to inspiring business owners and entrepreneurs by keeping them accountable for their own success through peer advisory groups and one-on-one executive coaching.

 

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Reasons Your Company Needs Temp Staff During Christmas

temp staffThe Busy Christmas Season

Why hire temp staff during busy periods like Christmas? Well, we are all aware that hotels and hospitals alike don’t get to close their doors over the holiday season, in fact it’s one of their busiest periods. There is a higher demand for staff and in turn the need for temp staff increases. Permanent employees may want to take holidays at Christmas time. Staff are more prone to getting sick due to the colder weather. These circumstances mean they can’t work as much over the Christmas season. This can leave a company short-staffed. They end up over-working the smaller number of employees they have left. This is when temp staff become an option and are of great benefit. Experienced temp staff are essential. Rather than just filling a temp position as quick as you can, take time to research the agency you’re hiring temps from. If they are experienced and have a good work ethic, you and your team will appreciate them much more.

Time For Temps

Many different scenarios result in a company being understaffed, especially last minute. A chef-de-partie calls in sick on the morning of a banqueting event… Call for a temp chef. A catering assistant in a hospital has to leave for 2 weeks to see their family as they aren’t from Ireland… Call for a temp catering assistant. A cleaner who doesn’t live close to work can’t come in due to bad weather conditions… call for a temp cleaner. Temps provide you with last minute cover to prevent any disruption to the working day.

Temp Staff Vs Permanent Staff

While the divide between permanent and temp staff can be difficult, hiring short-term employees can also help the overall workplace mood.  If permanent employees are forced to work long hours; double shifts, weekends and nights, morale can quickly decrease. Employees can become stressed, frustrated and even burn-out. That’s why offering extra help during Christmas ensures your core team stays happy and remains productive. Smaller companies have to be able to adapt their team during busy periods, but hiring permanent staff can be time-consuming and expensive. Temp staff can provide a quick fix for unexpected events, long-term leaves, and special projects.

Three Q Temps

That’s why team Three Q pride ourselves on having skilled employees with stellar experience who excel in all tasks that are assigned to them. Clients can expect the most professional, versatile and hardworking staff who adapt to a mind-set as if they are part of your own team. Our temps staff team are very experienced in their respective fields and many of them have been with us for over 5 years. Find out more about Hiring Temps.