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Behavioral Nursing

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Despite our best efforts in providing care, sometimes there are family members who are unhappy with the care the patient is receiving. Tell me how you would handle such a situation.
You are a floor nurse in your unit and have close relationships with several of your colleagues. When your supervisor goes on vacation, she appoints you to be in charge. How do you approach supervising the nursing staff in your unit?
You are very busy and a bit overwhelmed with your daily tasks but it is time for your morning team huddle. What do you do?
Due to emerging technology, the nursing career has evolved and technology is incorporated in many aspects of modern nursing. How do you handle a situation when new technology is introduced that changes your nursing practice?
Many times, we require our nurses to cross-train in other departments so they can be available to float when needed. How do you feel about the potential of cross-training and floating on short notice?
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You are in a situation where you have been putting forth a lot of effort at your nursing job, but you received critical feedback from your supervisor during a bi-annual review. How do you respond to this situation?
You are caring for a pediatric patient whose parent is refusing routine vaccinations due to information she has read on the internet. How do you respond in this situation?
You have had a friendly relationship with one of your nursing colleagues for quite some time, but recently, she has been demonstrating passive-aggressive behavior and has been unwilling to cooperate with you. Tell me how you respond to this situation.
Workplace violence is a common issue for nurses. We have protocols in place to prevent workplace violence, but sometimes patients and family members still become violent. Tell me how you would handle such a situation.
Tell me how you would handle a situation where you feel a patient is suicidal or a danger to themselves, but they deny these feelings.
As clinical healthcare professionals, we have all been in situations where we have developed special bonds with patients and their families. Tell me how you handle such situations when these patients face difficult diagnoses or unexpectedly pass away.
Tell me about a time in your nursing career when you made a big mistake. How did you handle the situation?
Many times, in Electronic Health Records, generic drug names are used in lieu of brand-names. Tell me how you would handle a situation where you know the brand-name of a drug you need to place an order for, but you are unsure of its generic name.
How would you handle a situation where a new manager or supervisor starts on your unit and immediately starts changing everything about the way the unit has operated for the past few years?
What would you do in a situation where you need household medical supplies, such as adhesive bandages, and you are aware that there is an abundance of them in the supply room at work?
How would you handle a situation where you were curious about what was documented in a friend or family member's electronic health record?
Tell me how you would handle a situation in which you are pressed for time and it would be easier for you to provide care to your patients if you do not follow established procedures and protocols.
You are caring for a patient nearing the end of their life who has a clear Do Not Resuscitate (DNR) order in their advanced directive, but when the patient codes, their family member who is present begs you to take action. How do you respond?
How will you approach coming into a team of nurses who have been working together for quite some time, who have already solidified their working relationships, and who clinically, have a very specific way of doing things?
Tell me how you would handle a situation where you thought you saw one of your nursing colleagues pocketing a dose of medication that was supposed to be given to a patient.
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