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Dated 12/9/13 – #4 Interview Tips

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Here I want to share with you my experience when I was at Kuching. Alhamdulillah, I had been called for an interview by Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam (SPA) for the post Pengajar (Jururawat) U41 on the stated date.

Room No. 1 Candidate No. 8

Room No. 1 Candidate No. 8

First of all, we have to sign our attendance at the counter and there we can see the name list of people that also came for the same purpose. In my circumstances, they arranged the first 5 candidates with KPSL (Kenaikan Pangkat Secara Lantikan) background and others with L/T which I also do not know it’s meaning.

Although the code of dress was not mentioned in the letter, it would be better if we wear our nursing uniform. As a first impression, the interviewer can guess our work of place. Based on my experience, there were 2 interviewer; Puan S and Datuk SPA. We have to pass our resume and the related documents to them  before we can take a seat.

In short, some of the questions they asked:

  • What are the difference between U29 and U41 nurse?
  • How is your attitude towards senior staff  and their acceptance towards you?
  • Tell us about your family including their age and work place.

Some of the criteria that they looking for was staff with 10-15 years of experience in vast field such as hospital, clinic and Jabatan Kesihatan Negeri. For degree holder, Datuk SPA mentioned that it’s not enough unless you have second degree or Master.

In a nut shell, I would say goodbye to the post. Being in the teaching line will always be one of my biggest dream. Probably not in the Ministry of Health and somewhere else.

Insya-Allah, the result will come out on the 21/10/2013.

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

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Dated 21/9/12 – #3 Interview Tips

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Here I want to share with you my experience when I was at Kuching. Alhamdulillah, I had been called for an interview by Suruhanjaya Perkhidmatan Awam (SPA) for the post Jururawat Gred U41 on the stated date.

First of all, we have to sign our attendance at the counter and there we can see the name list of people that also came for the same purpose. The SPA officer will arrange our photocopies of certificate accordingly and then he will give us a number just like in the bank.

Although the code of dress was not mentioned in the letter, it would be better if we wear our nursing uniform. As a first impression, the interviewer can guess our work of place. Based on my experience, there were 2 interviewer; Matron and SPA Officer. We have to pass our resume and the related documents to them  before we can take a seat.

In short, some of the questions they asked:

  • What are the difference between U29 and U41 nurse?
  • If there are U29 senior nurses (10 years experience) and you just appointed as U41 staff nurse, how is your attitude towards them?
  • What are the acronym PCI and TCI stands for (introduce by our current PM)?
  • What are the difference between your current work place and government hospital?
  • What recently happened (government activities) in your hometown?
  • Are you willing to be placed at rural area?
  • Tell us about your family including their age and work place.

Matron will asked in English language while the SPA Officer will manipulate the question into Bahasa Melayu. Therefore, the interview was done in bilingual. Some of the nurses that I met during the interview stated that there were about 4000 applicants, only 300 people had been called for an interview and the vacant post are only 30. That’s why the last sentence Matron said to me was “We have to choose the cream among the cream”. Meaning that they have to choose the best among the best. 

Insya-Allah, the result will come out on the 29/10/2012.

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Dated 23/11/11 – #2 Interview Tips

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

Today was my second interview for a staff nurse position. I arrived early and waited for about an hour before I can meet the Medical Director. The interview was done in a Wellness Clinic and I sat on the patient’s chair. I felt really awkward as the atmosphere was so tension and the doctor was the only interviewer. He did not ask about basic question like introduce yourself but he directly asked about clinical practices.

The first question he asked was what is the normal range of body temperature? I answered 36.5 to 37.2 degree Celsius. Whew..I was safe because it was so easy. Secondly, he asked about the value of hypoglycemia and hyperkalemia. Oh my goodness! I did not prepare for these questions and the information was not stored in my long term memory. I randomly said that for hypoglycemia it was below 3 mmol/L. Alhamdulillah, my answer was almost correct because normal random glucose level according to Sarawak General Hospital is 3.5 to 7.8 mmol/L while 3.0 to 5.6 mmol/L is the normal range for fasting glucose level. About the potassium level, the normal range is 3.3 to 5.1 mmol/L. Therefore, hyperkalemia should be more than 5.1 mmol/L. Keep that in mind!

After that, the questions were getting tougher and tougher as it were about drugs and dilution of medication. Name any 3 common antihypertensive drugs? I can only recalled Atenolol and Nifedipine. Deep in my heart I am totally screwed up. Alright readers! Other antihypertensive drugs are Amlodipine, Captopril, Labetalol, Methyldopa, et cetera.

Name 3 common gastrointestinal drugs from Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs), Histamine-2 receptor blockers and antacid classes? I answered Pantroprazole, Cimetidine and Trisilox respectively. Err..now revision time. According to MedicineNet.com, some of the example of PPIs are Omeprazole, Esomeprazole and precisely Pantroprazole. Ranitide is a very common drug of Histamine-2 receptor blockers and an example of antacid is Mist Magnesium Trisilicate (MMT).

Honestly, I did not have any idea about anticholesterol drug  during the interview. According to MedicineNet.com some of the examples of statins are Lovastation and Simvastatin. I knew about this drugs and it’s so common. I felt so disappointed with myself.

Then, the doctor asked about pain killers and I mentioned Paracetamol, Diclofenac and Morphine. I was saved by this question but it was for a few seconds only.

Another tough question was about the frequency of giving Acyclovir. For our information, Acyclovir is an antiviral drug. Based on McKenry, Tessier and Hogan (2006) point of view, oral Acyclovir is used in the prophylaxis and treatment of genital herpes infection in both immunocompromised and immunocompetent clients. It is also used to treat varicella (chickenpox) infections in immunocompetent children if used within 24 hours of the appearance of the rash. In their book, Mosby’s Pharmacy in Nursing (22nd ed.) the usual initial oral dosage for  a herpes genital infection is 400 mg TDS up to 10 days.

The hardest part was when the doctors asked about drug calculations on how to prepare Dopamine 10 mcg/kg/min. Dear Syahirah, the formula is 3 x Body Weight = 50 mls.

If the body weight is 60 kg.

3 x 60 kg = 180 mg Dopamine

 Dose = (180/200) x 5 mls = 4.5 mls

Preparation: Dilute 4.5 mls of Dopamine to 45.5 mls of N/Saline to make up 50 mls total volume and give concentration of dose 1 mls/h equivalent to 1 mcg/kg/min.

Dose of Dopamine per vial is 200 mg in 5 mls.

50 mls = 200 mg

50 mls = 200000 mcg

1 mls = 4000 mcg

4000 mcg/60 kg = 66.67 mcg/kg

66.67/60 min = 1.1 mcg/kg/min

1 mls/h = 1 mcg/kg/min

Furthermore, we came to investigation procedures. The doctor showed to me 4 type of tubes and he asked me to choose which one is for LFT, FBC, PT APTT, BUSE, Kidney Function Test, Cholesterol. Sigh..I felt so pathetic. The tubes were different if compared with tubes used in government hospital. However, the contents still the same like EDTA, plain tube, etc. PT and APTT needs Citrate (anticoagulant) tubes and it may come with light blue stopper. Immediately after draw, gently invert tube 3 to 4 times. Do not shake.

Being a nurse is not easy but once we know everything, it would be more fascinating.

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

Dated 11/11/11 – #1 Interview Tips

بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمنِ الرَّحِيمِ

Assalamu`alaikum and greetings to all…

After waiting for about 5 months, I had been interviewed by the CEO, General Manager, Clinical Instructor, Sister and Human Resource Manager for a Staff Nurse position. Alhamdulillah, my first interview on November 11, 2011 turned out very well and I have to choose between Sibu or Bintulu. When everything is confirmed, I will post about it insya-Allah.

During the interview, I did not expect that I have to sit very close with the interviewer. The chairs and table arrangement were just like we were going to do a group discussion. My heart was pumping hard and when I saw an empty chair, I just pulled it out and sit. Masya-Allah! I was so nervous until I did not ask for permission to sit down. Stupid me.

Some of the questions they asked were:

  • Introduce yourself, family background, education, etc.
  • Why you choose to become a nurse in the company?
  • What do you see in yourself in 10 years time?
  • What is the normal size of NG tube?
  • How to insert an NG tube for a 60 years old female patient with diagnosis CVA?

Anyway, the staff were so friendly and nice to me. I learnt that honesty and confident were the keys to be successful in the interview. All praise to Allah SWT (exalted as He) because without Him none of this would happen.

Another significant event was when I encountered a 28 years old guy in Suria bus. I spent my 4 hours time listened and talked about his life as an offshore engineer. He claimed that no women would like to marry an offshore guy because women cannot stand on being left alone for 3 months. Is it true? In my opinion, if both partners have a mutual understanding on their partners responsibility, none of them should feel deserted. Hmm.

I also found that men feel macho when they smoke cigarette. They also willing to work by hard for the sake of their wife, children and family. Life is full with interesting people. Indeed, human being is a very unique creature created by Allah SWT.

Until we meet again.

May peace be upon you.

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