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Tell me about one of your most memorable patients.

1 Nursing Aide Interview Questions

By: Darby Faubion

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As a nursing aide, you will have the opportunity to take care of many patients. There will most likely be at least a few who touch your life in a special way. The interviewer wants to know what makes a patient unforgettable to you.

Professional Answer Examples
General
Answer example

"I remember the first patient I was ever assigned to when I became a nursing aide. It was my first day to work on the hospital floor with my own patients. One of my patients was an elderly man who was very frail. I had to give him a bed bath and shave his face. The bath was fine, but I was so afraid to shave a man's face. He was calm and so sweet. He talked me through every step. To some people, they may not seem like a big deal, but to me, it meant the world."

Entry Level
Answer example

"One of my favorite patients ever was an elderly lady that lived in a long-term care facility where I worked previously. Every morning she wanted her hair rolled and makeup done. It didn't matter if there was an activity or outing scheduled, or if she was just going to be 'home.' She said her mother always told her to look her best no matter what and that is what she did."

Experienced
Answer example

"I have so many patients that come to mind when you ask that question. One of the residents that lived in a nursing home where I used to work was a very special man. He had been a doctor before sickness and age made him have to retire and then move to the nursing home. He was very depressed when I first met him. He wouldn't come out of his room for any activities, wouldn't get dressed in anything but pajamas. I spent every extra moment I had with him, talking, telling stories. After a long time, he finally began to come out of his shell and tell me stories of when he was younger. He began to get dressed and even began to come to the dining room for meals if I would walk with him. I will never forget him."

Written by:

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 10/30/2014
Last modified on: 11/29/2018

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