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Addiction Nurse

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What would you do if a patient complained to you about a coworker's conduct toward him/her?
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?
What advice would you give to a nurse looking to enter your field of nursing?
How do you approach dealing with an angry patient, and why?
Have you ever discovered patients acting in a behavior that is against facility regulations, and if so, how did you/would you handle that?
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How important is it for an addiction nurse to be a patient person?
Do you anticipate any significant changes in your life within the next 2-3 years that May prevent you from continuing employment here if you are offered a position here?
What are some characteristics that you think an addiction nurse should have, and why?
What is one of your weaknesses and what do you do to help address/resolve it?
Tell me about a time you had to deal with significant changes in your workplace. How did you manage those changes?
Have you ever been the intake nurse for addiction patients, and what is something common that you find among patients entering treatment?
If you begin to feel overwhelmed with a situation at work, how do you handle it?
Tell me about a time you may have had a disagreement with a team member and how you handled it.
If a patient were to exhibit feelings of affection or infatuation with you, how would you address the situation?
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?
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?
What made you choose a career as an Addiction Nurse?
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?
If you felt threatened by a patient, what would your response be?
If you suspected that one of your co-workers was abusing drugs, how would you handle the situation?
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?
What are some aspects of being an addiction nurse that make the career different from other nursing careers?
Being an addiction care nurse can be very stressful. What are some ways you manage stress on the job?
Give me an example of a workplace challenge you encountered, and how did you handle it?
Is there a type of patient or specific diagnosis that you find it more difficult to work with?
If you were to teach new nurses regarding signs to observe for that may indicate drug abuse, what would you tell them?
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?
What is something that is rewarding to you about being an addiction nurse?
Have you or a loved one ever been directly affected by an addiction?
Has there ever been a time when you felt threatened by a patient? If so, how did you handle the situation?
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