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1. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
Addiction Nurse
March 1st, 2014

Registered nurses (RNs) provide and coordinate patient care, educate patients and the public about various health conditions, and provide advice and emotional support to patients and their family members.
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Addiction Nurse Interview Questions
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Why do you want a career as an addiction nurse?
 
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I want to learn and grow in a different field of nursing than what I have been doing in the past.
 
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I believe it satisfies my need for variation and I this is a specialty area in which I can be influential.
 
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Why did you decide to pursue this area of nursing?
 
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I want to have a diversified knowledge in nursing.
 
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It's stimulating new learning and application of skills I have developed.
 
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Walk me through how you do your initial assessment upon a patients arrival.
 
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Gather past medical history, Substance abuse history and treatment, date and time of occurrence, current substance use.
 
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Observe mood while using motivational interviewing technique.
 
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Do you have experience facilitating a group therapy session?
 
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I have attended AA an NA meetings.
 
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How do you perform a detox assessment?
 
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Obtain information from patient about drug use both past and present.
 
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My assumption is that a physical assessment to include vs would be done, mood and ability to interact with others would be considered.
 
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What is a Benzodiazepine?
 
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An anxiolytic that has the potential for abuse.
 
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A drug like xanax given to treat anxiety, but often abused and when combined with alcohol impairs memory can be very dangerous, often used for date rape.
 
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Do you have a great deal of patience?
 
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Yes. When I was working at the nursing home, I walked with an elderly man using a walker and when we got to the end of the hall a nurse said, you have so much patience to walk side by side with hm.
 
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How would you treat a patient who is in your clinic for the third, or beyond, time?
 
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Without judgement and with the frame of mind that addiction is a disease.
 
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Like family, they did what they needed to do by coming back, I would be upset if they didn't return.
 
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Do you enjoy offering support for your patients?
 
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I enjoy seeing patient get well, hence I offer every medical support at my disposal.
 
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Absolutely, it's why I got a master's in dance therapy and licensure as a counselor.
 
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What makes you passionate about working with people with addictions?
 
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I believe the public has been prejudiced towards people with addition without having an insight of what these patient are going through.
 
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Because of my own family history of addiction, I recognize this is an area that could be my strength or weakness.
 
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What makes you passionate about being an Addiction Nurse?
 
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I want to help and give people new hope for living a substance free life.
 
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I can align with the parts of my patients that want recovery and empower them with hope.
 
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Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
 
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Every time am working on the floor all patient information are entrusted in my care for confidentiality.
 
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Peoples histories and medical records are often entrusted to me. I make every effort to only disclose info to other personnel on a need to know basis.
 
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Why should we hire you?
 
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I believe am the best candidate, I have experience in this field, I am a team player and I like enjoy taking care of people.
 
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Because I'm interested in making this my clinical home where I will offer my full skillet in my home community.
 
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What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
 
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Convincing patient's family about a plan of treatment. I had too provide online resources explaining/showing success rate of treatment.
 
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My own insecurities one of which is not wanting to disappoint authority figures. I have come to the realization that I have to take care of me so that I can provide care to others.
 
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What made you choose a career as an addiction nurse?
 
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In regards to the addiction service, during my last year of university, I had the opportunity to do a placement at an inpatient addiction unit. This placement turned out to be one of my favorite placements. I learnt so much, both in theory and practical skills. And I also felt I had gained confidence in my mental health nursing skills. For example; my communication and leadership skills development well as well as prioritizing my work load effectively.
 
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I have seen addiction from many perspectives and want to share hope and tools with those needing it.
 
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How well do you work with people?
 
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I believe I am a team player and I provide my team with appropriate support. For example, I currently have a carer in my team who finds it difficult to maintain the daily workload. This is shown through forgetfulness and having to be "carried" by other staff members. I provided this staff member with extra support through regular supervisions, and delegating tasks more suited to her abilities without deskilling her. Also, suggested training courses/refreshers that she could attend. This resulted in this individual appearing more confident in herself and she appeared to find it easier to approach me when she was having difficulty.
 
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Very well. Strangers become like long lost friends as soon as we interact.
 
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By providing examples, convince me that you can adapt to a wide variety of people, situations and environments.
 
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I currently do bank shifts for the Priory hospital. At the priory, the client group is split into 2 wards. One is for eating disorders and the other is a general ward for mental health and addictions. As I am a bank nurse, I am required to work on either ward which means I need to be able to adapt my skills as the eating disorder ward is very different to the general ward. For example, on the general ward, I adapt my skills by monitoring treatment plans and withdrawal symptoms as well as risk assessing individuals for behaviours attributed to their mental health difficulties. I. E. One patient had been admitted who was severely depressed and had attempted suicide. I ensured one to one observations and used talking therapy to understand her emotions and current state of mind. Another example; a lady had been admitted for drug and alcohol misuse problems. This lady was suffering from PTSD, alcohol addiction and dependency on prescription drugs such as diazepam. I needed to adapt my skills to support her through symptoms of PTSD as well as withdrawals. I did this by providing one to one time to talk through her current mental state and her goals to get better. As well as discussing her treatment plan with her consultant to ensure her withdrawal symptoms were managed effectively. In contrast, on the eating disorder unit, I adapted my approach and communication skills to meet the needs of the client group. For example, a patient had been admitted under the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act. This patient was suffering from anorexia and had refused to eat. This patient needed lots of encouragement and support. During my one to one time with her, I encouraged her to talk through her current thoughts and feelings, however; she would not respond. I realized that verbal communication did not seem to have an effect at this time, so I suggested she could express herself through a different medium such as art or writing. This appeared to work as the next one to one time I had with her, she had written a letter of how she felt.
 
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Regardless of my own background, I truly want to help people who may not even believe they are worthy of help. I take into consideration biases that others may have of me in interacting with them. For example, I was able to get thorough answers for an admission of a man with paranoid schizophrenia because I was honest with him about the fact that I don't know what he has been through but I have questions about his situation so we could work through his issues together. I am an advocate, not here to judge but to align with the healthy parts of my patients, the part that wants recovery.
 
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Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
 
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A situation where I had to make a quick decision was, again at the priory hospital. I had a young gentleman admitted for alcohol dependency and drug misuse. I proceeded to carry out initial observations and entered his room. Upon entering, I saw this patient holding his chest and appeared quite breathless. I immediately raised the alarm for staff support. I assessed the situation by observing the patient visually and asked him if he was having pain in his chest. I attempted to ask if he had taken anything other than alcohol that could be a cause of his pain. I provided reassurance throughout to reduce any anxiety he must have felt. The doctor appeared and I supported the doctor by providing relevant known information and emergency medication. I also delegated another member of staff to call an ambulance.
 
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A man in the day program fell and someone hollered for me. As I reached him I directed him to stay put rather stand up. I proceeded with assessing his orientation, as the other nurse arrived on the scene I shared my findings of disorientation. She went to call 911. Crisis management in the day program was everything from seizures, hypertensive crisis, drug overdoses, to suicidal ideation and aggression toward others.
 
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Describe a situation where other people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
 
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I explain my ideas analyzing the advantages and ask for them to give it a trial within a time frame and if it did not work for them that I am willing to try any other ideas they come up with.
 
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There have been a couple of situations where other people did not agree with my idea. One example was when I had suggested providing extra option at breakfast as currently the choice was too simple and to put it bluntly, quite boring (porridge, cereal and toast). This was met with hostility from the chef and manager who used financial strain as a reason for not being able to provide more choice. As an advocate for my residents, I reminded them that the residents pay a lot of money to be here and they are entitled to a wider choice for their meals. I also highlighted the physical and mental health benefits of a more nutritional diet. So I suggested other breakfast items which have now been put into place. Another example was again at the care home. I had a resident who had profound aphasia where he was only able to use sounds and non-verbal communication to communicate. If we were unable to understand what he was saying, this resident became quite frustrated and at times, socially excluded himself from other residents and staff. I did some research and spoke with the activity coordinator about other means of encouraging communication. I came across a Makaton board which uses signs and symbols to help individuals communicate. I took this idea to the manager to see if she could buy a Makaton board for this resident. The manager did not agree with my suggestion and said that she was able to communicate and understand this resident just fine. I am able to communicate with this resident through simple closed questions but at times, this can be difficult and the patient has walked away in frustration.
 
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Tell me an example of a situation where you had difficulties with a team member.
 
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I did not like what appeared to be a MHS taking advantage of clients, receiving food gifts from them. I approached her about in a nonchalant manner to determine her beliefs on accepting food gifts and then reminded of her of the policy at our workplace as well as identifying my own beliefs about it.
 
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I had coworkers that wouldn't give dr ordered vicoden to female inmates on the 3rd day after a c-section because they felt the patient was drug seeking and by day 3 ibuprofen was enough to fix the pain.
 
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How do you handle your anger?
 
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I step out for few minutes and get some air.
 
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I used to push it down but over the years I've learned to take a deep breath, even remove myself so I can feel it and breathe into it so the anger can be mobilized into something productive.
 
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Why are you in this side of nursing? For the Financial Benefits or do you feel the job will be less stressful than as a traditional nurse? Or do you want to help patients?
 
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I want to be able to help patients.
 
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I know people with addiction problems and want to help patients.
 
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