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Addiction Nurse Interview Questions

30 Addiction Nurse Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
How to Answer
Talking about your most significant accomplishment will give the interviewer a definite idea of where you place your values. It will also show the interviewer more about your personality, how you like to be motivated, and how to coach you in the future. It is okay to brag a little bit when answering this question. Show that you are proud of yourself and your career accomplishments!

Answer Example
"The greatest accomplishment in my career was graduating University as an honors student while still working full time in a related field. I was top of my class, and working full time. This showed me that I could dedicate myself to my career and reach the goals that I set for myself. It felt great to accomplish so much and be recognized for my dedication."
Entry Level Example
"Earning my Masters degree is something I'm very proud of. I was attending school, working part-time and interning over the past 3 years. It was exhausting at times but worth it."
Experienced Example
"Mastering blood transfusions is an accomplishment I'm most proud of. I was a bit intimidated, but with practice, I'm much more confident and enjoy showing junior nurses my tricks and tips on setting up and providing care as needed."
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Question 2 of 30
What type of patient are you not comfortable being around?
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As an addiction nurse, you may have to deal with different personalities and some that make you feel uncomfortable. An excellent response to this question shows that you know how to handle it. Your reaction to strange or dangerous behavior is of utmost importance.

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"If a patient is making me uncomfortable, I let them understand that their behavior is inappropriate and it will not be tolerated. This behavior includes patients who are threatening others or themselves. While it feels somewhat uncomfortable, I understand that this could mean life or death for them or someone they know. I take time to ask questions and follow protocol despite my feelings of discomfort."
Entry Level Example
"I had to work through this as I first began my education in addictions nursing. Initially, I thought I would be uncomfortable working around male patients with violent backgrounds, but in actuality, I was not. So far, I have not encountered any situation that I could not handle due to discomfort."
Experienced Example
"I make it a point to treat all of my patients the same but offenders have always been difficult to work around. While they may all be difficult, I treat them with respect and provide the best care that I can. It's my responsibility as an addiction counselor."
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Question 3 of 30
Describe a workplace challenge and how you overcame it.
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As an addiction nurse, you may face various workplace challenges. Internal struggles or co-workers struggles. Tell the interviewer about a situation you faced and how you handled it. Burnout, people problems and not being challenged may be a few issues you could bring up.

Answer Example
"A workplace challenge I faced was when I did not have enough nurses on staff to cover our night shift. Because we had enough nurses to only cover the shifts it made it difficult to get by if someone was out sick. I spoke to my Director about the situation and suggested a PRN nurse. Now, double shifts aren't necessary, we just contact our float nurses, and they can cover."
Entry Level Example
"In my previous position, we had a couple of nurses who were unreliable with their documentation. This lack of documentation meant that the covering nurses were often confused or left with only pieces of information. We overcame this by expressing the concern to our union leader. It was the only way we could ensure policy and procedures surrounding documentation were met at all times."
Experienced Example
"As an addiction nurse, there is a new challenge each day including shortages of staff, supplies, rooms, and more. Over the years, I've learned to prioritize these challenges, delegate as needed and not allow it to affect my work."
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Question 4 of 30
What was your biggest disappointment as an addiction counselor?
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Give an example of time one of your patients did not overcome their circumstances. It could be that they had to go back to jail or maybe they committed suicide. It could also be the realization that some issues are beyond your ability to repair. Show that you can come to a place of acceptance about the situation. Explain why you were disappointed and how you handled it. Be sure to keep patient confidentiality top of mind when answering this question.

Answer Example
"One of my patients was struggling with a drug addiction that caused him to take his own life. It was challenging for me to hear the news because it felt like we were making such great progress. In the end, I had to accept that I can only do my best. Some problems are deeper than you or I can understand."
Entry Level Example
"My biggest career disappointment so far was not landing the practicum that I had my heart set on. I truly felt like I had nailed the interview, but unfortunately, it was not enough. Despite the disappointment, I was able to remind myself that everything happens for a reason. The practicum that I ultimately ended up in, then opened the door for me to land my first full-time nursing position. In the end, I ended up where I needed to be."
Experienced Example
"In my current role, we do a lot of fundraising in hopes that public funding will help us to keep some of our free support groups and programs open. This past year we did not meet our targets, and it was upsetting to see some of the programs close due to lack of funding. We have made a strong 5-year plan, in response to this disappointment. With this plan, I am confident that we will be able to reinstate these programs in the coming months."
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Question 5 of 30
As a medical professional, do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 6 of 30
If you are stressed, what signs do you show and how do you deal with it?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you handle a patient that is scared or uncomfortable?
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Question 8 of 30
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 9 of 30
Are you willing to travel for work?
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Question 10 of 30
How did you hear about this position?
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Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
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First written on: 05/23/2013
Last modified on: 08/21/2018

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How do you manage a large workload?
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Question 12 of 30
How do you offer support to your patients?
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Question 13 of 30
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
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Question 14 of 30
Tell me about your 12-step knowledge and application skills.
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Question 15 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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Question 16 of 30
What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
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Question 17 of 30
Why do you want this job as an addiction nurse?
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Question 18 of 30
Walk me through how you do your initial assessment upon a patients arrival.
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Question 19 of 30
Why did you decide to pursue this area of nursing?
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Question 20 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 21 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
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Question 22 of 30
How do you deal with work stress?
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Question 23 of 30
Tell me an example of a situation where you had difficulties with a team member.
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Question 24 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
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Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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Question 26 of 30
What type of work environment do you prefer?
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Question 27 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 28 of 30
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 29 of 30
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face as an addiction nurse?
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Question 30 of 30
Why should we hire you for this role?
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About Addiction Nurse

September 5th, 2018

Addiction nurses specialize in pain management and help regulate treatment for patients addicted to drugs, alcohol, and other substances. Your job as an Addiction Nurse also involves teaching patients about the dangers of substance abuse and possible treatment options. You also administer medication and regulate patient treatment. Addiction Nurses provide physical and emotional support for patients and their families. As an Addiction Nurse you monitor and assess the detoxification process, participate in patient interventions and administer drugs to help patients manage their addiction. Your work settings including hospitals, methadone or substance abuse clinics, and psychiatric offices.

There are two different types of Addiction Nurses: Certified Addictions Registered Nurse (CARN) and a Certified Addictions Registered Nurse – Advanced Practice (CARN-AP). Experience ranges from one year of nursing experience related to addictions to 500 hours earned while in the master’s program. Clinical skills, pharmacotherapy knowledge and appropriate bedside manner are skills needed to be a successful Addiction Nurse. Since addiction is both a mental and physical disease, these nurses are trained in both general medicine and mental health.

To prepare for your interview you will want to find out what the center specializes in. Network with your colleagues and search their website. Be sure that your resume hits their center specialties hard and that you have specific work experience highlighted. To set yourself apart from the rest of the candidates, have some solid work experiences to talk about. Tell the interviewer about the groups you led, your strong nursing skills and holistic health knowledge and any best practices that you developed and implemented. Be familiar with protocols and States and Federal Laws.

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