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Nursing
June 16th, 2015

A nurse is a healthcare professional who, in collaboration with other members of a health care team, is responsible for: treatment, safety, and recovery of acutely or chronically ill individuals; health promotion and maintenance within families, communities and populations; and, treatment of life-threatening emergencies in a wide range of health care settings. Nurses perform a wide range of clinical and non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care, and may also be involved in medical and nursing research.
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Nursing Interview Questions
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Are you specialized in a particular area, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?
 
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As a graduate nurse, I am yet to work in a specialty area. However, I have had a placement at a neurosurgical ward.
 
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How would you deal with someone you observed working outside the scope of his/her job?
 
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When a patient passes, how do you respond when family members arrive?
 
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I am so sorry to inform you that your loved one has passed.
 
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I have helped him/her from the core of heart.
 
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What is your favorite type of patient?
 
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A challenging one that I need to utilize all of my resources, experience and training to provide the best patient care.
 
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All patient are my favorite type because everyone is different.
 
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What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.
 
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An elderly, he slapped me cause he was an agressive patient.
 
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The patient who I was not able to provide pain relief as she was an addict, neither pharmacologic or non pharm was able to manage her pain.
 
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Can you explain in detail how you would appropriately transfer a resident from a bed to a wheel chair?
 
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Take the wheel chair near the bed side stand the pt and comfertabily shift the pt to bed.
 
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It would depend on the patients neurological status, ability to ambulate, and if they were on fall precautions. If the patient was at risk for falls they may require one person, or two person assist. The most important aspect of transferring is to make sure that the wheel chair is locked, the bed is locked and in the lowest position, the head of the bed is raised, and their are no cords that would cause a patient to trip. Then I would move the legs to the edge of the bed, allowing time for the patient to adjust to the position change. This is because a patient may suffer from orthostatic hypotension. Next I would provide support under the arms for a patient and instruct them that I am going to help them into a wheel chair.
 
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How do you stay current on the latest health research?
 
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Nursing childen and young people.
 
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Operating room nurses association of canada.
 
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What questions do you have for me?
 
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What is the pay? Does the job offer any benefits? What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?How long are your shifts -- eight, 10 or 12 hours?How do you go about scheduling? Is self-scheduling an option, or does someone else dictate the schedule?How long have most nurses been on the unit?
 
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What does a typical week look like in this job?
 
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How would you describe your communication style?
 
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Define pro-active and give me an example of a time when you behaved this way.
 
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The prior nurse forgot to inform me about a patients condition. We reviewed the miss communication the following day.
 
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How do you use your downtime?
 
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I will again search around anything I missed or not.
 
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I would recheck if I have really accomplished all my duties and obligations on my shift, then I would talk to my patient make sure she is stable and all her needs were met, and if she needs anything before I leave. Maybe helpout other co-workers if they are getting behind their schedules.
 
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Why will you be the best nurse on this unit?
 
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I will try to be the best of the best in order to cover any needs in my unit.
 
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I do not know that but i will try my hardest in order to be.
 
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Have you ever had to deal with accusations of negligence or malpractice? How did you handle it?
 
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Try to cool this situation and explain the family member to reason.
 
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Explain the situation.
 
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How do you prioritize when multiple patients and procedures demand your attention at once?
 
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The healthcare world is constantly evolving environment. Early in my nursing career I learned how a patients status can quickly change and therefore priorities change. Because I have had a lot of clinical experience, I am able to remain calm in emergent situations and adapt to high stress situations.
 
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I welcome change and I can accommodate quickly to any situation. I understand by going into this field of nursing this could quite possibly happen on a daily basis.
 
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What are your strengths?
 
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You have to be patient.
 
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How will you earn the respect of your teammates?
 
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First of all be respectful and courteous to all of your co-workers, make them aware that you are there to work as a team member, and just open up yourself to them.
 
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By completing my work in a timely manner, offering help when possible, respecting other co-wokers.
 
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What is your ideal work environment?
 
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A place that is safe, secure and therapeutic.
 
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An ideal work environment would be were everyone works as a team to achieve a certain goal.
 
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Describe your typical relationship with physicians you work with.
 
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A very professional, caring relationship. I do what my physicians ask of me. I proceed with my duties confidently and have earned the respect of my Physicians.
 
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I have continuously worked in a multi-disciplinary environment with physicians, social workers, and nurse aides. It is important to maintain a strong relationship with physicians because they also work closely with patients. Especially when advocating for a patient it is important to have a relationship with physicians who respect you.
 
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Tell me about a time in which you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker, or patient. How did you handle it and what were the results?
 
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I recently had a patient who refused to take her shower. She had been refusing for several days for other nurses. It was a holiday and family would be visiting. I did not want her to look unkept. I assessed for pain, resident denied any. I asked why she did not want to take a shower and she kept saying "Ican't right now!' Leave me alone! I hate that everyone tells me what to do! I showed empathy by saying I understand how you feel, I must be frustrating when you are told to do something you don't want to do. What would be a good time for you to take a shower? She responded "I want to take a nap after lunch, then I will take a shower. I granted her request and she was receptive when I returned after her nap. Simply giving her choices made all the difference.
 
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I don't think I mentioned this on my resume, but I was a tour guide on campus at BU, which was a very interesting job, one of my favorites I'd have to say. The reason why its so fun is because people are interesting and ask interestning questions and you never know what to expect. When I think of a bad tour or not the best I think of one last summer, there was one woman who was crocheting and being very disruptive and critical.
 
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How do you make seamless transitions on shift changes?
 
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Give pertinent information in an organized manner, talk clearly and ask if there is anything else they may want to know.
 
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Open minded prompt reporting,knowing all about patients procedures done and doctors orders being carried out.
 
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Describe a recent issue you had with a doctor or co-worker's decision. How did you handle it?
 
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The only problems I had with management at my last position was the number of the nurses on the floor. I always felt we needed one more nurse to cover the floor.
 
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Recently a nurse that covers half of the night shifts in the operating room resigned. Without discussion, our managers announced at morning telling us to fill the call and working hours. I understand how important it is to have the OR covered so as a team we all covered the shifts and made sacrifices, but as a system that runs on a Shared Government as a team we would have appreciated a discussion about how the call was going to be taken.
 
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How do you deal with stress at work?
 
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I sit back and take a breather or I speak to someone about the situation.
 
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When work becomes stressful this is where I prioritize my responsibilities so that everything gets done I do my best to deal with the matter at hand that is causing the stress the faster its solved the less stress for the day.
 
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How have you responded when your supervisor asked you to work an additional shift to fill vacancies?
 
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ABSOLUTELY IM HERE WHENEVER YOU NEED ME
 
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I usually covered someone else's shift unless i was absolutely not able to. I would want someone else to do the same for me if i had an emergency.
 
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What are your greatest strengths?
 
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Being too awesome at what I do is one of my strongest skills.
 
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Easy to work with, attention to details, and responsible.
 
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What do you do if your shift is almost over but there is still work to be done and a patient requests your assistance?
 
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What was your proudest moment as a nurse so far?
 
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When i was a sane a little girl opened up to me and i felt accomplished in making her feel better.
 
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Having only 1 patient at a time as you do in the surgical setting I focus on that 1 patient. I will never forget a very young breast cancer patient, I think she was 26, drifting off to sleep with anes and a single tear drifted down her face...I tried to confort her during her last seconds of consciousness. She remembered that in a letter to the hospital...she felt I was a caring nurse.
 
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