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University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center Interview

30 Questions and Answers by Darby Faubion

Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.
Question 1 of 30
Not all cancer patients will go into remission. How do you deal emotionally knowing that you are caring for someone who probably will not survive their illness?
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How to Answer
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.

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Question 2 of 30
What are some ways that you feel are beneficial in resolving work-related tension among co-workers?
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Being able to help resolve issues and relieve tension is a great characteristic in anyone, especially in healthcare providers. Share your thoughts with the interviewer regarding how to help with day to day tensions and stress.

Question 3 of 30
How long have you worked oncology, and what is the most stressful part of this job?
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Any job that requires one to care for others, especially others who may be terminally ill, has times that are more stressful than others. The interviewer does not expect you to be some super hero with no emotional connection or who does not feel overwhelmed at times. This is the time to show your 'human nature side.' A good way to respond would be to share what is most stressful for you and briefly add how you deal with the stress.

Question 4 of 30
Have you ever been responsible for providing education to chemotherapy patients regarding changes that may occur in their bodies due to treatment?
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Chemotherapy, while beneficial at times, also has its negative effects. Most patients experience hair loss and weight loss. For most, swallowing becomes difficult because the chemotherapy often causes blisters or sores in the mouth and throat. Preparing a patient for these possible effects beforehand allows them some time to begin to process what to expect and often helps with their mental well being through the process. Share any experience you have with the interviewer.

Question 5 of 30
Chemotherapy often affects a patient's immune system. What are some things you would suggest to these patients to help prevent complications during chemotherapy treatment?
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One of the main concerns in providing care to patients who are receiving chemotherapy treatment is their susceptibility to other illness or infections related to a compromised immune system. Sharing your understanding of this risk with the interviewer is important.

Question 6 of 30
Please share one of your most difficult cases and how you dealt with it.
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Being able to talk about a difficult case is one thing that will show the interviewer your coping mechanisms. Proper coping mechanisms are essential when caring for any clients, especially those with a diagnosis such as cancer, as these cases are usually multi-faceted. Share your thoughts with the interviewer.

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