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What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.

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

Advice
Depending upon your scope of experience, you may have experienced the worst of the worst. In an emergency setting or even in your every day pediatrician's office, you might have encountered a difficult personality or a scenario that caused a patient to fight back. Draw from your experience and give an example of someone who was extra challenging for you. How did you handle it? What tools did you use to stay calm while interacting with a difficult personality? Show you are competent in handling those tough patients by explaining your reaction and how you helped ease the tension of the situation.

"I had an elderly patient who was struggling to maintain their independence, but suffering from dementia while recovering from a broken hip. They were resistant at times when they needed to take medicine, so I learned how to talk to them and involve their family member in order to encourage them to do the things they needed for care."
Basic answer example
"I had an elderly patient who was struggling to maintain their independence, but suffering from dementia while recovering from a broken hip. They were resistant at times when they needed to take medicine, so I learned how to talk to them and involve their family member in order to encourage them to do the things they needed for care."

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What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.
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I had a patient who's pain control was unmanageable. I notified the charge nurse and we notified the physician to get a different medication or dose that would be more therapeutic, but the physician declined the request. Still advocating for my patient we tried different nonpharma interventions but his painw as still unmanagable. I didnt like that we couldnt make him pain free.
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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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