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Disclosure in Nurse Job Interviews

Job related questions and articles came up on this week’s panel discussion on the world of nurses and health care. Our panel regulars Kim McAllister, Terri Polick, Cora Vizcarra , and Jamie Davis were joined by newcomer to the show Lorry Schoenly, RN, PhD from (

The first topic had to do with a blog post on Cora’s Infusion Nurse blog where she asks the question about how much voluntary disclosure of past indiscretions and mistakes is necessary or required when applying or interviewing for a position as a nurse? She knows of a nurse with a prior chemical dependency problem (10 years ago) that, in an effort to be open and honest, declared the past history in an interview. It was this that cost her a job that she had all but been hired into.

Patient Care Glue, Not Furniture

Next we talk about dedication to the job and team players in a discussion between the team on an article entitled “That’s Not My Job.” Are nurses the glue that holds the patient care work flow together and are we often assigned work that is left over simply because they know we’ll make sure it gets done? Cora shared a comment made about her by a physician in her workplace when he said – “Give it to Cora, she’s always here. She’s like furniture!”  He later apologized to her because she quickly pointed out how that statement sounds but it begs the question . . .

“How much glue can you be before you become furniture?”

Listen to our nurse panelists and their take on these stories in this episode. Share your comments with us by emailing us at or leave a comment on this episode. Use the player above to listen each week or subscribe for free using iTunes, the Zune marketplace or other RSS reader or podcast catcher.

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On the panel this week:

Lorry Schoenly of and on Twitter @LorrySchoenly.

Kim McAllister of the Emergiblog and on Twitter @emergiblog.

Terri Polick author of the Nurse Ratched’s Place blog.

Cora Vizcarra author of the blog and also found on Twitter @infusionnurse.

and host Jamie Davis, the Podmedic, RN, NREMTP, BA, AAS managing director of the ProMed Network and host of the Nursing Show and MedicCast weekly programs.

Join us as we delve in to our week’s topic.


Links from the show:

When Self Disclosure Becomes a Risk

“That’s Not My Job. . .”

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