Addiction Nurse Interview Questions

30 Addiction Nurse Questions and Answers by on January 8th, 2019

Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over 20 years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas, including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice.

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

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Addiction Nurse Interview Questions

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

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    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?

  3. 3.

    What made you choose a career as an Addiction Nurse?

  4. 4.

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

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    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?

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

  7. 7.

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

  8. 8.

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

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

  10. 10.

    Give me an example of a workplace challenge you encountered, and how did you handle it?

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    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?

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

  13. 13.

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

  14. 14.

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

  15. 15.

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

  16. 16.

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

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

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    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?

  19. 19.

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

  20. 20.

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

  21. 21.

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

  22. 22.

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

  23. 23.

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

  24. 24.

    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?

  25. 25.

    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?

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    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?

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

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

  29. 29.

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

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