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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. What questions do you have for us?
  4. Tell me about your 12-step knowledge and application skills.
  5. What would you last boss say about you?
  6. How do you offer support to your patients?
  7. What makes you passionate about working with people with addictions?
  8. Tell me about a time you were unable to complete a task.
  9. Are you willing to travel for work?
  10. What is your example of teamwork?
  11. How do you handle a patient that is scared or uncomfortable?
  12. If you are stressed, what signs do you show and how do you deal with it?
  13. Why do you want to work for our company?
  14. How well do you work with people?
  15. How do you perform a detox assessment?
  16. Do you have experience facilitating a group therapy session?
  17. Walk me through how you do your initial assessment upon a patients arrival.
  18. Why should we hire you?
  19. What is the most difficult situation you have had to face and how did you tackle it?
  20. What made you choose a career as an addiction nurse?
  21. How would your co-workers describe you?
  22. What type of work environment do you prefer?
  23. Describe a situation where you had to make a quick decision.
  24. Describe a situation where other people who you were working with did not agree with your ideas. What did you do?
  25. Tell me an example of a situation where you had difficulties with a team member.
  26. How do you deal with work stress?
  27. Tell me about a time when you were trusted with confidential information.
  28. What salary are you seeking?
  29. Why did you decide to pursue this area of nursing?
  30. Describe a workplace challenge and how you overcame it.
Contributing Author
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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