Top 25 Addiction Nurse Interview Questions
1. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
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List of Addiction Nurse Interview Questions
  1. Tell me about an accomplishment you are most proud of.
  2. Why do you want this job?
  3. Walk me through how you do your initial assessment upon a patients arrival.
  4. Do you have experience facilitating a group therapy session?
  5. How do you perform a detox assessment?
  6. What questions do you have for us?
  7. Tell me about your 12-step knowledge and application skills.
  8. What would you last boss say about you?
  9. How do you offer support to your patients?
  10. What makes you passionate about working with people with addictions?
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Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Addiction Nurse Information
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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