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How do you prioritize when multiple patients and procedures demand your attention at once?

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

What comes first when the entire doctor's office is going crazy with phones ringing off the hook, babies crying with a packed waiting room? Tell the interviewer how you would handle this situation and how you stay calm under pressure.

Basic answer example
"The patient comes first. I may have to triage my patients but I give my full attention to each individual I work with in order to give them the care they deserve."

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How do you prioritize when multiple patients and procedures demand your attention at once?
Well at times I may get upset, but I understand by now these things happen, especially in the medical field.
I became a nurse because of the fact that not every day will be the same. So I recognize that changes in priority are a normal daily occurance and that I must be able to provide my care based on priorities.
If it does not affect how I can perform my duties I do not mind to help out. If it is going to put me behind on my schedule I will probably still do it even though I may be a annoyed.
IT does not affect my mood at all, It will encourage me to work harder and faster. It is okay, this is my job.
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.
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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