Addiction Nurse Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Addiction Nurse interview, here are 40 interview questions and answer examples.

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What are some strategies you use to combat stress and burnout?

"It's kind of the same mindset as if you're on an airplane that's experiencing trouble, right? You must first put your oxygen mask on and take care of yourself before you can effectively help others. In this sense, I take care of my health by getting enough sleep and exercise and NY maintaining a healthy and balanced diet so that I'm well-rested and have the vitamins and nutrients I need to function properly. Working with patients who are dealing with such intense issues can be emotionally taxing, so I also make sure I take breaks when I'm feeling overwhelmed and I keep in close communication with my manager to discuss the patient caseloads and areas where I may need support. Outside of work, I have a close group of friends and family that I spend time with and talk to if I'm feeling emotionally overwhelmed."

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40 Addiction Nurse Interview Questions & Answers

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  • 1. What are some strategies you use to combat stress and burnout?

  • 2. Have you ever been the intake nurse for addiction patients, and what is something common that you find among patients entering treatment?

  • 3. Tell me about a time you had to deal with significant changes in your workplace. How did you manage those changes?

  • 4. What is one of your weaknesses and what do you do to help address/resolve it?

  • 5. What are some characteristics that you think an addiction nurse should have, and why?

  • 6. Do you anticipate any significant changes in your life within the next 2-3 years that would impact your employment?May prevent you from continuing employment here if you are offered a position here?

  • 7. How important is it for an addiction nurse to be a patient person?

  • 8. Have you ever discovered patients acting in a behavior that is against facility regulations, and if so, how did you/would you handle that?

  • 9. How do you approach dealing with an angry patient, and why?

  • 10. What advice would you give to a nurse looking to enter your field of nursing?

  • 11. If you begin to feel overwhelmed with a situation at work, how do you handle it?

  • 12. What are some withdrawal symptoms patients might experience?

  • 13. Tell me about the day-to-day responsibilities of your shift.

  • 14. How do you demonstrate professionalism in the workplace?

  • 15. How do you build relationships and gain trust with patients?

  • 16. What techniques do you use to treat a patient who is refusing treatment or medication?

  • 17. How do you maintain patient privacy and confidentiality in the workplace?

  • 18. Describe how you address concerns or complaints from a patient or their caregiver.

  • 19. Tell me about your experience using computers and other forms of technology in the workplace.

  • 20. Why do you want to work for our organization?

  • 21. What are some aspects of being an addiction nurse that make the career different from other nursing careers?

  • 22. Has there ever been a time when you felt threatened by a patient? If so, how did you handle the situation?

  • 23. Have you or a loved one ever been directly affected by an addiction?

  • 24. What would you do if a patient complained to you about a coworker's conduct toward him/her?

  • 25. What is something that is rewarding to you about being an addiction nurse?

  • 26. What are some major factors that may cause a patient to relapse, and how do you approach preparing clients to cope with or avoid these risk factors?

  • 27. If you were to teach new nurses regarding signs to observe for that may indicate drug abuse, what would you tell them?

  • 28. Is there a type of patient or specific diagnosis that you find it more difficult to work with?

  • 29. Give me an example of a workplace challenge you encountered, and how you handled it?

  • 30. Being an addiction care nurse can be very stressful. What are some ways you manage stress on the job?

  • 31. What made you choose a career as an Addiction Nurse?

  • 32. If, during shift change, the nurse you are replacing told you to expect the narcotics count to be off because it was off when she began her shift, how would you handle the situation?

  • 33. If you suspected that one of your co-workers was abusing drugs, how would you handle the situation?

  • 34. If you felt threatened by a patient, what would your response be?

  • 35. If you had a client who told you he was only in drug rehab because he was ordered to by a judge and that he had no intention of quitting drugs, how would you handle the situation?

  • 36. Many times, when people hear the word 'addiction' they think of the abuse of prescription drugs. What are some other addictions you have worked with?

  • 37. What would your response be if your 15 yr old patient asked you to withhold the results of a positive drug screen from her parents?

  • 38. One common recommendation for people in addiction recovery is to avoid an intimate relationship with someone else in recovery. How would you explain the importance of this to a patient?

  • 39. If a patient were to exhibit feelings of affection or infatuation with you, how would you address the situation?

  • 40. Tell me about a time you may have had a disagreement with a team member and how you handled it.