Dealing with terminally ill patients is taxing, no matter how strong you are or how much experience one has. Sharing your thoughts on how you deal with these difficult situations gives the interviewer a chance to know you and what drives you to overcome these difficult times.
"That question is one that could have a different answer on any given day. None of us wants to lose a patient. For me, one of the best ways I have found to cope is by offering my time and understanding to patients and their families. Often times they feel like I am helping them when, in fact, they are really the ones helping me to cope."
"Knowing that someone I am caring for today may not be alive tomorrow is very hard. I guess we all have our own way of dealing with things. For me, when I leave work for the day, I try to surround myself around people and things that I love so that I can have some positive vibes to carry me through. Some days are more difficult than others, but I am still here and can't imagine myself doing any other type of work."