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Top 30 Addiction Nurse Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
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Question 2 of 30
Why do you want this job as an addiction nurse?
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"I am looking for a position that offers a career challenge while providing a healthy workplace culture at the same time."
Even if it's true, do not mention salary, hours, or commute as the primary reasons you want the job. Those goals will not impress an employer when it comes to how well you fit their open position. Avoid making the interviewer feel that you are just in it for the benefits and will bail as soon as another opportunity comes along.

Tell the interviewer how your skills match the position you are interviewing for, how you fit into the workplace culture. Express more profound enthusiasm for the job.

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"Your hospital's mission and vision line up with my values which is very important to me. I am looking for a long-term fit, and workplace culture is of great importance to me."
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"This is the type of position that I have been looking for, for quite some time. As a nurse, I have always been fascinated with the topic of addiction. The subject is close to my heart as I had a brother who passed from an overdose five years ago. I want to help others who are in a similar predicament."
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Question 3 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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"Could you walk me through a day in the position? Also, what do you like best about working here?"
At the end of a job interview, you may be asked if there are any questions you want to ask the employer before you leave. Be sure to have a few questions written down to keep you on track. Feel free to jot down notes as the interviewer answers your questions. Consider asking the interviewer what a typical work week would look like or what they would like you to accomplish your first month on the job.

This is a great question to flip the table on your interviewer and find out if the opportunity you are interviewing for is the right fit for you. Ask the interviewer any questions that weren't covered.

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"Here are some sample questions: - When would you like to have this position filled? - How long has this role been vacant? - Is this a replacement search or a newly created role? - What is your favorite part of working here? - What is the company's primary goal for this position in the next 12 months? - Is there anything from my background and experience that I can clarify for you? - What do you see as the most significant change in this industry over the past three years? - Is there any reason why you would not hire me?"
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"Thank you for asking - I do have a few questions. What is top of mind when it comes to filling this role? Also, what types of career growth opportunities would follow this position? And lastly, do you have internal candidates who are also interviewing for this position?"
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Question 4 of 30
Tell me about your 12-step knowledge and application skills.
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As an addiction nurse, you are very familiar with 12-step programs. You may lead 12-step group discussions or merely encourage your patients to seek out a 12-step program based on your treatment goals.

Tell the interviewer about the success your patients have found by attending 12-step classes, the recovery techniques taught in the classes and the empowerment instilled in the members that participate.
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"I learned a great deal about 12-step programs while attending my post-secondary studies. I understand that the twelve steps include admitting being powerless over alcohol or drugs, visiting past mistakes and making amends for them, learning to live by a new code, and helping others who suffer from addiction as well."
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"I've taught 12-step classes for the last six months in my current position. It is encouraging to see patients be part of their recovery and embrace the recovery techniques that I teach them."
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Question 5 of 30
Do you have difficulty working in a team environment?
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"Depending on the scope of the project, I sometimes prefer to work autonomously; however, I am more than capable of being a positive and contributing member of a team-based project."
As an addiction nurse, you don't work on your own but, instead, in a multidisciplinary team to treat the patients. Tell the interviewer how you have been a successful team member in the past, what has worked and what you will continue doing when you move to a new team.

If you have difficulty working in a team environment: "Depending on the scope of the project, I sometimes prefer to work autonomously; however, I am more than capable of being a positive and contributing member of a team-based project."
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"Because I just finished my degree, the majority of my recent experience is from a team environment. I have no difficulty working in a team environment."
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"I have many years' experience working in a multidisciplinary team environment. I prefer working as part of a team because the collaboration ensures that each patient gets the best care possible."
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Question 6 of 30
How do you offer support to your patients?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
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Question 8 of 30
How did you hear about this position?
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Question 9 of 30
Are you willing to travel for work?
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Question 10 of 30
When have you had to lead by example?
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Question 11 of 30
How do you handle a patient that is scared or uncomfortable?
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Question 12 of 30
If you are stressed, what signs do you show and how do you deal with it?
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Question 13 of 30
As a medical professional, do you think honesty is always the best policy?
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Question 14 of 30
What was your biggest disappointment as an addiction counselor?
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Question 15 of 30
What types of patients do you have the most difficulty treating?
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Question 16 of 30
What type of patient are you not comfortable being around?
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Question 17 of 30
Walk me through how you do your initial assessment upon a patients arrival.
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Question 18 of 30
Why should we hire you for this role?
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Question 19 of 30
What is the most difficult situation you have had to face as an addiction nurse?
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Question 20 of 30
How do you like to be recognized for your accomplishments?
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Question 21 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 22 of 30
What type of work environment do you prefer?
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Question 23 of 30
Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
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Question 24 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
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Question 25 of 30
Tell me an example of a situation where you had difficulties with a team member.
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Question 26 of 30
How do you deal with work stress?
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Question 27 of 30
Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
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Question 28 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 29 of 30
Why did you decide to pursue this area of nursing?
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Question 30 of 30
Describe a workplace challenge and how you overcame it.
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About Addiction Nurse

April 8th, 2017

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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