How would you calm a patient who's overcome by extreme stress?
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"Procedures in our hospital can be very stressful for patients. Last week one of my patients was visibly shaken by a procedure she was told she needed. I took a few extra minutes to console her, explain all the details and answer all her questions. By taking a few extra minutes with this patient I was able to put her mind at ease."
As a medical professional, one of your best qualities is staying calm under pressure as well as keeping your patients calm. Share a story with the interviewer about a time that you were able to calm the nerves of a patient. Be sure not to use names and too many details.
When work gets stressful and you experience low moments what do you do to help keep your morale high?
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We all experience stress so it's important not to answer this question stating you don't experience work stress. Do you thrive and find your motivation through stress? Do you seek strengths from others? Do you take time away to spend it with your friends and family? Tell the interviewer of a time that you had work stressed and worked through it. Share a story of a time that you assisted a co-worker during a stressful situation.
As a Cardiovascular Technician you use a variety of procedures and instruments to diagnose and treat heart disease and vascular problems in your patients. You perform electrocardiograms (EKGs), stress tests and Holter monitoring. You may also perform more diagnostic tasks, using sonography and other types of non-invasive procedures as well as advanced life support techniques. Most Cardiovascular Technician positions are found in hospitals and require a 40+ hour work week that could include evenings, weekends, and holidays.
As a Cardiovascular Technologist you'll spend long hours walking or standing, and may be required to move heavy equipment or assist in moving patients. A few skills needed to be a successful Cardiovascular Technologist is great communication and empathy. You must have the ability to communicate technical information clearly to patients of all ages. Cardiovascular Technologists also must be patient and understanding to be able to calm patients who will be undergoing potentially uncomfortable and intimidating procedures.
When preparing for your interview, be sure to do your homework on the facility you'll be interviewing with. Get familiar with the equipment, population and providers you may have the opportunity to work with. Relay to the interviewer that you are a problem solver who is equally good with machines and people. Tell the interviewer that you are a critical thinker and your able to follow detailed instructions. Have a few situations in your back pocket to share with the interviewer that displayed your knowledge, patience and expertise in the field.