To best answer this question for your interviewer, make sure you hit on the important aspects of compassion: sympathy, empathy, kindness, sensitivity, warmth and love. As a professional in the healthcare industry, these things should come naturally to you and your ways of showing compassion will vary depending on your job. Talk about the little things you do for each patient and visitor that project a compassionate approach and talk about why these things are important.
"As a Sonographer, I see a wide variety of patients that are referred by many different providers and I don't have a chance to build long-lasting relationships with my patients. Because of this, my first impression often make a big difference so I take the time to talk to my patients about what brings them to me and I also ask questions to try and get to know them a little better personally. This approach opens up my patients and puts them at ease in a relatively tense situation. As I scan them, I explain what I'm doing and what the images are projecting knowing that most people are interested. Once engaged, the patient becomes more relaxed and talkative as well."
"Compassionate care came early to me in life being the oldest of five siblings and having a working mother and father. I was the primary caretaker for my younger brothers and sisters in sickness and in health and I've really tried to carry over compassionate care to my career as a primary care nurse. Digging back to my roots, I love the primary care realm of healthcare because I am able to build relationships with my patients. These positive relationships lead to compassionate relationships through warmth, kindness and empathy and I really find that my patients are able to work closely with me in providing care and treatments for their illnesses. If hired, you'll find quickly that my compassionate care reflects very well on my patients."