On nursing teams, it is not uncommon for entry-level nurses to feel unwelcome and to feel the more senior nurses are not helpful to them. This is something administrators are well aware of, and unfortunately, it is a complicated situation to solve. It is important that entry-level nurses are aware of the dynamics they may face with more senior nurses. The interviewer is asking this question to get an idea of how aware the candidate is of such dynamics and how they will respond to these dynamics. To effectively answer this question, the candidate should indicate that they are aware of these dynamics, and rather than telling the interviewer they would attempt to change the dynamic, they should say they would not get caught up in interpersonal conflicts and instead wait until they are welcomed members of the team. A more successful answer to this question would include a specific example of how the candidate handled a similar example in their career where they were not initially welcomed.
"This would be a tough situation to be in, but I am aware it often happens in the nursing field. While I was in school for my RN, I heard many stories from my fellow students who were already working as LPNs who had previously been in similar situations when they first started working in the nursing field. Because was made aware of these circumstances early on while I was in nursing school, I have been preparing myself for quite some time. While I hope I will luck out and join a team that is very welcoming and helpful, if not, I will not take it personally and will take it all in stride. The challenges I face in this circumstance will make me a stronger nurse, and I will remember that, even on the toughest days."
"Since my cousin is an administrator, she has warned me about the environments entry-level nurses often find themselves in, so I am very well of what I may be facing. However, I have faced similar situations in my career as an accountant. In my first job in shared services. In this situation, I was not in an entry-level position, but instead a manager; however, I felt singled out every day as all the other managers on staff were unwelcoming, unhelpful, and seemed unhappy that I was there. I'm not going to lie, this situation was uncomfortable at first; but, at the end of the day, I had a job to do, and that was most important. Instead of getting caught up in unnecessary dramatics, I waited it out and eventually was welcomed in. I imagine that it will be a similar situation as an entry-level nurse, and I plan on taking a similar approach."