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How do you make seamless transitions on shift changes?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for a Nursing interview

Advice
The interviewer is asking this question to get a feeling how you handle turnover with your colleagues. Walk the interviewer through your steps in a shift change. Tell the interviewer what you discuss in your morning huddle to ensure there is a smooth transition between staff when taking care of patients. Explain to the interviewer that you are consistent and follow through. These qualities are essential. Listing off your routine tasks before and after shifts will also reassure your interviewer that you are familiar and comfortable with these transitions.

Basic answer example
"I am consistent in completing my reports, communicating with hospital staff and ensuring I have done every test and procedure before passing off a patient."

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How do you make seamless transitions on shift changes?
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Tell the oncoming nurse about the most high risk patients that day. Talk to them not only about patients but also the most that happened to staff that day.
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Open minded prompt reporting, knowing all about patients procedures done and doctors orders being carried out.
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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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