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Nursing Interview

48 Nursing Questions and Answers by Heather Douglass
| Heather has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates,
specifically in the health care industry.

Question 1 of 48

What precautions do you take with a patient in poor health?

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    What precautions do you take with a patient in poor health?

      This question gives you the opportunity to point out how you customize your approach to each patient on an individual basis. Nurses see patients with levels of sickness and poor health that span a wide degree of severity. It is important to talk about how you communicate with your patients and using specific examples from your past can be beneficial here as well.

      Heather's Answer

      "Any time I see a new patient, I take my time to get to know them both personally and what their health history looks like. Oftentimes, this can lead me to understand just how poor their health conditions are and I am able to customize my care to them."

      Kelly's Answer

      "Working in an adult medicine outpatient clinic, I help patients who are perfectly healthy and patients who have multiple comorbidities. While I strive to give great care to all my patients, I am extra cautious around our patients who have multiple conditions and spend extra time with them to be sure their questions are answered, they understand their medications, and that they understand their medical conditions. It is important to me that these patients are aware of their conditions and how they can self-manage them because helping keep these patients as healthy as possible is a priority."

      Ryan's Answer

      "During my schooling as a nurse, we were required to take a communications class. Here, I learned excellent question and answer techniques to get to know a patients health history better. As I enter the workforce as a new nurse, I know that I will be able to put these skills to use with each and every new patient that I encounter to help me give them the best care possible."

      Ryan's Answer

      "Getting to know each patient and their history through what I call a fact-finding process is very important in how I care for each patient individually. Recently, we had a gentleman come into our Emergency Room with what appeared to be chest pain. With him visiting family in our area, we didn't have immediate access to his medical records. While in the room, I was asking him about his health history and we learned that he was a severe diabetic. Knowing this, we were able to customize his care and avoid procedures that could potentially be harmful to him."

      Anonymous Answer

      "Whenever I am assessing a new patient, it is important for me to get to know the patient and the entirety of their health history. This allows me to understand the severity of their health conditions fully and enables me to customize my care to their particular situation."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Your answer shows a nice amount of care and detail. Great response!

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      Anonymous Answer

      "Before I go to see my patients I look at their chart to see their admitting diagnosis, their admission notes, and progress notes. In this way, I know how poor their health is. This helps in creating a care plan."

      Rachelle's Answer

      Fantastic approach! You've provided another thoughtful response that spotlights your care and attention.

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