AMERICUS (May 20, 2013)—One clear, but sometimes overlooked, learning opportunity on college campuses is collaboration between schools. With that in mind, students from Georgia Southwestern’s School of Business Administration and School of Nursing worked together on a project at the end of the spring semester.
The School of Nursing requested the help of business students to prepare graduating seniors in nursing for job interviews. The project involved mock interviews led by human resource management (HR) students who spent six weeks on the project. Interviews were conducted in person for on-campus students and through video conferencing for online HR students.
“This has been just the kind of project we love doing,” said Business Dean Liz Wilson, Ph.D. “Our HR students will be called on to do this very task as they move into their professional lives, and it was very rewarding for me to watch them gain confidence in their skills as they went through the interviews. This project began as a service to the School of Nursing, but the School of Business benefited as well as it provided vital application experience for our students.”
After developing technical and behavioral questions by interviewing practicing nurses, the HR students posted actual job openings currently listed on hospital websites. Nursing students chose a job, submitted a resume and cover letter online and selected an interview time. Each nursing student received a consultation letter following their interview, which provided them feedback and suggestions.
“Nursing graduates are entering an increasingly competitive job market which requires the development of interview skills as part of their professional preparation,” said Nursing Dean Sandra Daniel, Ph.D. “Nursing students frequently direct all of their attention towards the acquisition of nursing knowledge and skills and give little thought to interview skills. These skills are crucial components to successful employment. Students and faculty from both schools have benefited tremendously from the collaborative project, and we look forward to this continuing as an integral component of nursing education.”
Nearly 80 nursing students graduated during spring commencement. Both the School of Nursing and Business agree this project should be done on a continual basis. For additional information, please contact (229) 931-2090 (Business) or (229) 931-2275 (Nursing).
Caption—(Left to right) GSW business students Lucas Bartley, J.V. Bell and Darrell Johnson interview nursing student Sarah Cross.
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