Reflective Journal.

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned alot about team work and how hard coordinating a schedule can be. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I did not really like the team activity to be honest. I felt that it was extremely difficult to find a time for everyone to meet up. Everyone had different shifts and then adding family to it was really hard. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

If I am ever in a position to help out my nurse manager with scheduling or if I can be flexible, I will do it!

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I actually liked the material covered. I think that once we got everyone together it was really good team building exercises and I gained some insight into my fellow nurses and how they perceive things. 

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Interview

I decided to interview my father, he has been a firefighter for 27 years and is now a battalion chief for a local city. He regularly recruites and hires new graduates as well as more seasoned firefighters. 

I learned alot about the interviewing process. Even though this didn’t take place particularly in healthcare, I learned alot about what I can do to stand out as a candidate in general. 

 

  1. How do you usually prepare for an interview with potential employees?

I go through their resumes and remind myself why I decided to interview that particular candidate. This allows me to ask questions that may be more applicable to them. 

  1. How many candidates do you like to interview before making a selection and how much time do you allow for each interview?

I don’t really have a particular number of candidates I try to get. I just choose what I think will be the top applicants– usually this ends up being around 3-5. 

  1. What do you believe are the most important questions to ask or most important characteristics to look for when interviewing a candidate?

Im looking for confidence, honesty and there are many more traits. The thing I find most important is that the person is teachable and a good team player. 

  1. Do you prefer group setting interviews (multiple interviewers and multiple interviewees) or one-on-one interviews?

I prefer one on one interviews. I think that group interviews exclude or mask the capabilities of people who may be more introverted by nature. 

  1. What causes you to pick the candidates you do? (I.e what resumes stand out?)

I like to see experience of some sort and how it is applicable. Even if they don’t have prior experience in the exact field they’ve applied for I like to see that they have learned other basic principles of work flow and ethic from other positions. 

  1. How do you advertise the position? 

We have recruiters that visit schools, our city website. But I think that word of mouth is the biggest contributor so far. 

  1. What characteristics or answers would cause you to cut an interview short?

If they don’t seem teachable. Or if they don’t seem like they would be a good team player. 

  1. Is it important to you to make the applicant at ease? What do you do to make them feel more comfortable?

I think partly yes and partly no. Yes because you want them to give genuine answers without being too nervous. Partly no because it is an interview and we are in a professional setting. I would expect them to be professional at the interview and upon hire throughout their career. 

  1. Do you attempt to establish a rapport with the applicant at the beginning of the interview?

I am friendly and open to questions. But I do not seek to be necessarily friends 

  1. What is your process after an applicant has left your office? 

If I liked them, I will put a star on their resume and highlight their strengths or why I liked them. This allows me to compare candidates after I’ve interviewed all of them. 

  1. Do you prefer a structured interview or unstructured interview format?

I think both have their strengths and weaknesses. Structured gives everyone an equal playing ground. But unstructured allows you better insight into the candidate sometimes. 

  1. Have you ever hired a candidate on the spot? 

No.

  1.  What was their response that made you know they were the best candidate?

The people that I think are the best candidates are usually those I perceive to be the best “well rounded”. 

  1. Do you ever making judgments on candidates based on how the look, how they are dressed or their social media accounts?

Social media can play a large role. Even though social media isn’t really supposed to be on the playing ground it often makes its way there. If the candidate is well dressed and looks punctual, I would hope this would carry over into their career. 

  1. Do you ask each candidate the same set of questions?

I try to ask general questions and then if they would like to expand or if the interview takes another route then I’m ok with it. 

  1. Do you ever offer the candidate feedback after the interview is complete?

Not necessarily. I just tell them the next steps or they can expect to hear from and when.

Reflective Journal 3

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned more about hiring and what possible employers may looking for. I hope to be in a management position one day, and so I feel like this gave me good insight. I actually just recently hired someone to fill my position when I leave. This unit gave me some guidance on how to interview and what to look for in a candidate. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

The team activity was helpful in the fact that it gave some insight. I disagreed with what some of my other team mates ultimately decided, but I can see their points and why they did so. I think in the work place this mentality may also be helpful as it all boils down to communication. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

If I am ever in a position of leadership or hiring again I will bring fellow nursing supervisors in on the interviews. As I mentioned previously, I think this will allow insight that otherwise wouldn’t have been noticed before. 

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

I like that we covered this material personally. I think it was very helpful and applicable- especially where I was currently looking for someone to hire. The majority of nurses that complete this course will most likely be in some form of a management position eventually and so I think this is important to help build a foundation. 

Week 2 Unit Reflection

1. What did you actually learned from the unit.

I learned more about my personality type. I am a dominant personality type and I have been classified this way according to a variety of tests. However, I did not realize the more prominent strengths and weakness of this personality. I learned new ways that this personality type may affect my job and my family life as well. 

2. Discuss your feelings/experiences from the team activities? Did it change your opinion on the subject? If so, how? If not, why?

I enjoy team activities because we can get multiple points of view. To be honest, I have a tendency to procrastinate- not because I want to but because of weekly commitments. The team activities can be a problem because they require prior preparation. I am the type of person that likes to read and assignment and get it done quickly. This was outlined in the personality test I took recently. Dominant personality traits like to see quick results and I am definitely this way. 

3. How you will utilize the information learned in your nursing practice.

As I mentioned previously, now that I am aware of the strengths/ weaknesses that my personality type in prone to I will use it to both emphasize and correct myself in my strengths and weaknesses.

4. You personal feelings about the material covered.

My personal feelings are that I am reassured in the type of personality that I have and I have learned new things to look out for with my personality. I am still not in love with group activities with online classes. I think online classes can make it very difficult to perform group activities adequately. But at the same time, group activities online require writing and reading more. I think when people are able to write down their thoughts and organize them it can be more productive for teamwork. 

DISC Personality Test

     When I took the DISC test, it revealed that I have a dominant personality type. 

This was not necessarily new knowledge, as I have taken multiple personality tests and they have all revealed the same results. 

  I think this personality style can have some flaws just as any of the other ones. Being aware of the flaws that I am predisposed to will allow me to work on improving. 

Now that I am more aware of the strengths this personality test has revealed, I am going to try and emphasize these skills and find new ways to implement them into my nursing practice. 

Reflective Journal: Characteristics of Leaders

1.       Leadership requires personal mastery – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they show competence and mastery in the tasks they perform. Nurses are deemed competent by means of a license to practice nursing (NLN 2010).

2.       Leadership is about values – Nurses are patient advocates. Nurses look not at financial gains, personal gain, etc. but rather what is going to ultimately benefit the patient. They will be a part of or unify a team to progress the pt’s condition to the best of their abilities. 

3.       Leadership is about service – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they serve their fellow team members. There are a variety of ways nurses can serve their fellow team members (i.e covering shifts, helping out, etc.)

4.       Leadership is about people and relationships – Nurses demonstrate leadership when they develop social/ working relationships with those around them. A team is an efficient working machine- in order for the goal to be accomplished, each moving part needs to be well oiled. Through good relationships, the nurse will know what parts of the machine may need extra attention and assist in reaching the common goal. 

5.       Leadership is contextual – Many people believe that to be a successful leader, you have to be actively leading a variety of people. However, as mentioned above, sometimes being a successful leader simply means being an active and well working part of teaming and helping to ensure others are also able to be successful in their team work as well. 

6.       Leadership is about the management of meaning – 

7.       Leadership is about balance – Nurses demonstrate balance through managing/ nurturing both their personal lives and their work. Nurses may be exposed to very traumatic events through patient care required by their work. In order to be an effective leader, the nurse must firstly be founded themselves. 

8.       Leadership is about continuous learning and improvement – Nurses demonstrate effective leadership by continuously seeking to progress and keeping up with patient care. This can be done through sim labs, classes, nursing training programs, etc. 

9.      Leadership is about effective decision making – The ultimate goal of leadership is to motivate oneself and others as a team in achieving an ultimate goal. In order to reach this goal, nurses need to make decisions to progress the team towards its goal. 

10.   Leadership is a political process – Nurses need to establish relationships and boundaries with fellow team members. 

11.   Leadership is about modeling – In order to be an effective leader, a nurse needs to portray that they themselves are capable of being a leader. They need to have all of the characteristics required of a leader in order to inspire it in their fellow team members. 

12.   Leadership is about integrity – In order to be an effective leader, a nurse needs to demonstrate honesty. A nurse is honest in their communications and commitments. 

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