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Top 30 Nuclear Medicine Technologist Interview Questions

Walk me through your resume and bring your experience as a nuclear medicine technologist to life for me.
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I am currently in my final year of university at Newcastle and whilst on my clinical placements I have gained an immense amount of experience at different hospitals and private practices.
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I have no experience for a paying job even.
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No experience. But my Mom is a nurse and my Dad had cancer so I have seen it.
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I have never had an experience as Nuclear Medicine Technologist.
Question 2 of 30
Would your previous manager say that you are a strong listener who is able to take direction well?
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Yes I do. I am meticulous and detail oriented. I always follow the proper steps in everything I do.
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I can get distracted but it has been getting better all these years.
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I have learned in my volunteer work that how to follow instructions so I am good at it.
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Yes, I follow every step in the same order as it was given to me.
Question 3 of 30
Being a nuclear medicine technologist can be physically demanding. Are you able to lift and move patients who need help?
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Yes I am. I am totally comfortable with lifting patients onto the table and positioning them for tests.
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I would say I have the muscles for the work for the average person.
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After I graduated from college, I did work for a short while at Nursing home where I was able to lift and move patients. Yes, I will be able to lift and move patients.
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Yes. I have moving and handling training and experience with patients living with dementia.
Question 4 of 30
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest weakness is I am too hard on myself.
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I tend to be critical of my own work, I pride myself in having few errors when I work. I realize that sometimes I can go a little overboard so I have started to trust my work and make an effort to not check and recheck my work when possible.
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My greatest weakness would have the be that I can not, not finish tasks, If I start something I can not just walk away.
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My greatest weakness is I tend to be slow at the start. I am improving it by reading up about my tasks before hand and to relate whatever my task is. I also do time management to allocate time to tasks to improvise the results.

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Question 5 of 30
How do you stay on top of task and ensure you are meeting deadlines?
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I really hate wasting time on things and wish that more people can do things for themselves put that takes far too long.
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Yes. I can prioritise my workload and multitask.
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I am efficient with my time, I make sure to plan ahead in order to achieve the goals of the day.
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Yes, I try to do every task that I have scheduled for that day.
Question 6 of 30
Being a nuclear medicine technologist is a very stressful job from time to time. How do you cope with stress on the job?
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I try not to panic, I stay calm, prioritize and get going.
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I keep calm and focus on the work I am doing.
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I think how to solve it and I think what other people have done then I do it in a similar fashion.
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Pressure is import to me. Good pressure such as lots of assignments to work on or upcoming deadlines that really helps me to stay motivated and active and get the taks done within specified times or deadlines. While stressful situations I react to situations rather than stress.
Question 7 of 30
What do you take the most pride in when it comes to your career as a nuclear medicine technologist?
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Mostly I can look down on myself as a loser.
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Yes I do as I like my medical career.
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No . With my this much years I understand that no one should take pride on anything because all we have is temporary.
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Always, I don't settle for second best. I think our patients deserve to get the best care and attention we can give.
Question 8 of 30
Are you familiar with nuclear medicine procedures and guidelines? Where do you go to find/review these guidelines?
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I am fairly familiar with the guidelines I have performed during my rotations. I would look back to the hospital protocols and the guidelines I have written up during my rotations to compare.
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I am familiar but realize they can change, I find or review these guidelines through the NRC
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Yes, there is a number of places I would look to find/review guidelines including textbooks, journal articles and ANZSNM.
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I am familiar with nuclear medicine procedure guidelines as I use to read the articles about it on the web and the SAIT College site.
Question 9 of 30
Why are you the best nuclear medicine technologist for us?
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I am a very hard working and dedicated individual. And faces new challenges head on.
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I believe I am an honest, loyal, punctual, fast learner, and a very hard worker.
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Because I am committed to achieving individual and team goals.
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Because i'm mature, well rounded, patient focused, but mainly because I firmly believe the nuclear medicine is the true future of medicine.
Question 10 of 30
What changes in medicine do you think will affect your profession?
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I think every new change in medicine is for the improvement and wellness of the health of patients. Therefore, the effect that can bring any new change in medicine would be for the good and wellbeing of patients.
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CT/SPECT will be normal protocol. This area is particularly poor for scanners. Will see more PET/CT . We have started to look at radiology as a business, which is no bad thing. Patients must always be put first .The 24/7 is changing the way we work leading to a lot of Radiographers leaving the profession taking with them experience.
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Healthcare reform has already impacted Nuclear Medicine. Fewer procedures are being done due to lack of approval, or poor reimbursement.
Question 11 of 30
Do you meet the licensure requirements in this state for a nuclear medicine technologist?
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We need a diploma from a College that has this career in Canada. Graduates are eligible to access the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (CAMRT) certification exam which can lead to registration and employment as registered technologists in Canada. Access to the Nuclear Medicine Technology Certification Board exam (American) is also available.
Question 12 of 30
What are your primary responsibilities and duties at your current position? Of those - which is your favorite? Least favorite?
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To ensure the patient is in a good position for the study we want to perforn on him. Also, to put the patient in a comfortable position. Another one is to prepare the radiopharmaceuticals that are going to be given to the patients.
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I run the Nuclear Medicine department on a daily basis. I answer to my Director of Radiology, and she never has to hear from me. I contact patients the night before procedures, order doses and run daily operations as needed.
Question 13 of 30
Describe some of the challenges you encounter in your current role. What would you change if you could?
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Dealing with anxious patients.
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Increasing out patient attendance. Increasing on time arrival of out patients. Increasing on time arrival of stressing (cardiac stress) physicians. Doses have to be ordered with lag time calculated in. It is not a perfect world...
Question 14 of 30
Explain your knowledge of current legal and ethical issues related to nuclear medicine.
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Abide for the wishes of the patients in case a medical emergency arise during the study. Also be compassionate with the patient and explain in a good softly intelligent maner when a cancer diagnosis is going to be given because the patient is asking about it.
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JACHO, EPA, NRC, OSHA, State regulatory commission compliance. Right dose, right patient, right route, image gently... Tell the truth, be mindful of HIPPA, and focus on my Job. Do the right things and the legal and ethical issues are mute.
Question 15 of 30
When it comes to your post secondary education, which course did you find the most challenging? What have you done to improve your understanding of that subject since?
Question 16 of 30
Describe your ability to organize and manage the delivery of health care services.
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This is a skill I have developed through both plain film when working out of hours managing my own work load, and one that I have further developed since taking up my rotational post within nuclear medicine where as a department control the diary and book appointments I have also bene involved and experienced requirements to book urgent referrels with thought to radiopharmacy as well an example being when they had run out of angiosis so muga scanx needed ptuuuing together.
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Every day I will ensure first that the machines are functioning properly and be prepared with all the pharmaceuticals one day or even more depending on the case study we are going to make, be ready for all the things and special devices we are going to need for that day.
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Once a schedule is set, I call each patient to encourage they be on time, and give them pre procedure instructions, order doses. When they arrive, I greet them with a smile and hand shake. I also thank them for being on time, reassure them about the procedure, and treat them as I would like to be treated. I offer blankets, and any comfort possible while they are in department. I also escort each patient back to the waiting area when procedures are done.
Question 17 of 30
Do you feel that strong and detailed documentation is important in your line of work? Why or why not?
Question 18 of 30
What do you find is your biggest challenge as a nuclear medicine technologist?
Question 19 of 30
What do you like most about being a nuclear medicine technologist?
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I like being working with patients with rare diseases. On the othe hand maybe working weekends.
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I love serving people. I dislike the meat grinder approach: if you can get 8 done in a day, lets try ten... When health care becomes more about the money than the quality of service, the product fails.
Question 20 of 30
Describe a conflict you observed between a health care practitioner and a patient. What did you learn from that experience?
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The best thing I get out of a conflict between a doctor and a patient is that it is better to remain calm and be compassionate and tolerant with the patient and things would evolve better.
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The best thing I get out of a conflict between a doctor and a patient is that it is better to remain calm and be compassionate and tolerant with the patient and things would evolve better.
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The best thing I get out of a conflict between a doctor and a patient is that it is better to remain calm and be compassionate and tolerant with the patient and things would evolve better.
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The best thing I get out of a conflict between a doctor and a patient is that it is better to remain calm and be compassionate and tolerant with the patient and things would evolve better.
Question 21 of 30
Being a nuclear medicine technologist requires great attention to detail. Would you consider yourself a detail-oriented person?
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Yes, I find it very important to pay close attention to small and big details in healthcare, especially as a nuclear medicine technologist.
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I believe I am. I make notes and keep them in my pocket. I check these notes as a check list throughout the day.
Question 22 of 30
Do you prefer to work independently or part of a team?
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Yes I do. I like to learn from my felow colleagues.
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Yes. I view Radiology as a team. In the past, I volunteered to start IV's, transfer patients, etc for every department in Radiology; even when I had patients imaging. I like to lead by example.
Question 23 of 30
What kind of career goals have you set for yourself?
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I would like to be working with a Neurosurgeon and be imaging, diagnosing and treating that kind of patients.
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In general, I want to improve every day. I want to grow with the department. I love learning new processes and I would like our Radiology department to be boasted about for the awards we earn... A silent part of a successful team is a great position to hold.
Question 24 of 30
What types of communication situations cause you difficulty? Give an example.
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I believe the most dificult situations are when the patient has cancer and is asking about the result of his exam.
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Third party communications. A nurse from the floor orders the wrong study on a patient. A minor inconvenience, but one, in my opinion, which should not happen. It is rectified by a call to the physician and/or their assistant.
Question 25 of 30
What do you know about our health care facility?
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SAIT College and the Nuclear Medicine Technoly program is located in Calgary Alberta Canada and the training sites are located in Calgary, alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba.
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You are a major health care player in the metropolitan area, and have shown great growth over the past three decades. Your awards and successes are well documented.
Question 26 of 30
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist?
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Because I like to study and know newer techniques in the diagnosis and treatment of patients.
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Cancer has taken the lives of family and friends. Serving people and providing quality imaging is a great way to help others fight cancer.
Question 27 of 30
Tell me one thing that sets you apart from other nuclear medicine technologists.
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I already have experience working in this facility. I work well with others and am always willing to learn new things and improve my skills in any way that I can. I work well under pressure and am always up for a challenge. I
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I believe I have enough knowledge in Medicine and Orthopedic surgery and to be chosen would be of great help to the group.
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I am conscientious, on time and my past record shows that I am about improving the department.
Question 28 of 30
In your opinion, what are the 3 most important characteristics that a successful nuclear medicine technologist should have?
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I enjoy communicating with patients, very good people person skills.
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I have excelent hand dexterity and I like to study.
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Compassion. I treat everyone as I would like to be treated.
Question 29 of 30
How do you extend compassion to a patient who is experiencing high levels of emotional stress?
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Yes I will put the best of my self and my knowledge in order to calm the patient.
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Absolutely! No matter how busy my schedule, or how bad my day, the number one priority for me is that patient. I treat everyone as I would want to be treated, no exceptions.
Question 30 of 30
Are you interested in any particular specialization?

About Nuclear Medicine Technologist

September 21st, 2017

Nuclear medicine technologists use a scanner to create images of various areas of a patient's body. They prepare radioactive drugs and administer them to patients undergoing the scans. The radioactive drugs cause abnormal areas of the body to appear different from normal areas in the images.

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