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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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Have not had that experience.
 
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2 yrs in emergency after that I was moved in ot 7yrs.
 
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I am currently working in the ED
 
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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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I will support to resident emotiona that it is natural everyone has to go.
 
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Ask them to come to the quiet area of the waiting room and let them know what happened using therapeutic communication.
 
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I would tell them I am so sorry, your dtr, mom has passed. Is there anything I can do for you?
 
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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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Patient who can ambulate well and that has good family support.
 
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A patient that is appreciative of the care they are receiving. A patient that cooperates and is willing to do what is necessary to improve upon while they are under our care. Of course, finding a perfect patient will not always happen and you have to adapt and be just as courteous to a patient no matter how they behave.
 
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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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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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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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Explain to pt what and how I will transfer: Place wc next to the bed facing the pt, lock wheels, raise the head of the bed, ask the client to push off of the bed to help them sit up, ask pt if they can swing their legs over, if not provide assistance, put gait belt on, have pt put hands on top of my shoulders, grab gait belt, suggest on my count of 3 to stand, gently rock pt back and forth, stand, let pt know we will rotate with small steps until their back is to the chair, then back them up two steps, let them know when they feel the back of the chair on their knees to let me know, check to be sure, then assist them to sit down while still holding onto the gait belt.
 
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First I should provide the comfort position side lying and then slowly slowly sitting position should provide and gave foot stool to support the patient.
 
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You would introduce yourself and make sure you're with the right patient. You help them over the side of the bed and put a gait belt around their waist. You help them up and, depending on the patient's ability to bear weight, you either pivot them into the chair or have them walk at least ten steps to their chair. Make sure the bed and the wheelchair are locked and that you are right behind and beside them for safety.
 
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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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Only nursing journals i have read are the scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that we need for research papers and class exercises.
 
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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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Arrange a time to talk to the person to get the details ironed out.
 
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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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Double check to make sure everything is done, charting, medication cart, empty garbages, clean cart.
 
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Either prepare for my next shift, by reviewing patients. Or, talk to the next scheduled nurse and keep her up to date on the day.
 
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Iwill recheck all my patients once again.and i will check for any pending works.
 
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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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Im well educated, Im willing to learn to the point that I want to know everything in the scope of nursing. Im a aggresive in a way. Im open to any corrections. Im a fast learner, good student and a good worker. Im energetic. Doing task that i need to do. I ussually ask question if im not sure.
 
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My experience and expertise,my updated nursing skills, continues updating my knowledge,getting involved in nursing research.
 
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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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I remain calm and escort the family member outside and then ask the family member what the problem is.
 
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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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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.
 
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IT does not affect my mood at all, It will encourage me to work harder and faster. It is okay, this is my job
 
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Well at times I may get upset, but I understand by now these things happen, especially in the medical field.
 
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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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Always being a team player, always practicing patient safety, and being positive willing to help out when needed.
 
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I would say through confidence and showing initiative to learn. I think if they see you are open to learning and jump on those learning opportunities they will know you are working on becoming more competent and independent in your practice.
 
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I would gain my teammates respect by offering to assist other staff on the unit, even when I am not being asked to assist.
 
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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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Being able to come to a safe and enjoyable work enviroment. Bein able to work together as a team.
 
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I am searching for the answer.
 
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Conducive environment ,team working ,respect for others,friendly staff,opportunity for career development and educational staff development.
 
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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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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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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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Debreif about the situation.how i can inprove next time and what i would have done differentl.
 
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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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Absolutely, I recognize in nursing that I may always be called in at various hours. My family knows this too. Also, if this hospital has overtime pay, I would be more than willing to work any extra shift possible.
 
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I try my best to help out the team in whatever way I can. Unless I have a plane ticket out of town I think its important to fill vacancies where needed. I am very flexible with my schedule and can move most things around.
 
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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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Leadership,team working,time management.
 
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Hard worker, willing to learn, compassionate which helps when working with patients who are having a crises.
 
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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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What motivates you?
 
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from time to time, have small staff meetings that addresses specific situations that has caught your attention and that you are proud of and express to the staff how grateful you are in having each and every one as part of the team.letting them know it would not be a success for the company if it was not for them.
 
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because it makes me feel good to help people
 
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I grew up in a medical family. Seeing my parents help out neighbors and family members that were ill and really making a difference inspired me to become a nurse.
 
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I enjoy caring for others, that is why I knew I was going to be a nurse early on in my life. I am excited and anxious for the opportunity to begin my career as a nurse.
 
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What frustrates you?
 
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Witnessing other nurses show a lack of proper care towards patients. Or disrespect towards a patient.
 
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What are some issues in the nursing field you would like to see change?
 
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I feel nursing is very professional. I don't have much exposure to nursing yet, so I would not know if there are improvements that need to be made.
 
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Priorities often change suddenly throughout the day. If you are asked to quickly do another task while you are in the middle of something, how do you respond?
 
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It wouldnt effect me in any way.
 
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Well I realize this situation comes up every day in Nursing and will quickly complete the task asked to do. It would not bother me, nor would it affect my mood.
 
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How do you respond to a grumpy patient in pain?
 
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Assess the pain and respect what they tell me pain is subjective,calm them and offer pain relief.
 
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I ask them if there is anything i can do to them, and i evaluate how they are, and try and make them comfortable.
 
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How do you handle a fall.
 
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How do you handle criticism?
 
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I would explain to the doctor that I am very diligent and I pride myself on accuracy and ask him to explain what the mistake was so that I might be able to correct the problem and prevent further occurances.
 
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Remain calm, provide rationale for your work that is evidence based.
 
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Describe a challenging problem you faced during one of your clinical rotations. How did you deal with it?
 
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Communication with my instructor...it wasn't always easy to find my instructor because we were seniors and responsible for so much. After disscussing the issue with her I offered the suggestion that we work harder with our primary nurse if he or she was comforatble with that. She agreed that would be fine.
 
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One time I had a patient who came in as a stroke alert she was coherent, however her boyfriend who came with her did not appreciate how many people came in did what they had to do and then leave. So i went over and explained everything that happened. What was going to happen to difuse the situation.
 
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What do you think is your advantage from other applicants?
 
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Describe a situation in which you found yourself working with someone who was very sensitive.
 
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Where do you see yourself in five years?
 
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I plan on being in the health care industry my entire career, I will never say this is what I will be doing the next thirty years. I like to keep an open mind, and maybe I will pursue a higher position in Nursing or in the health industry further down my career.
 
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I plan on being a career nurse. There are so many different floors and units to work on, with each providing their own change of pace. I enjoy nursing and patient care too much to ever consider a career outside of the hospital.
 
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Tell me about your education.
 
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I finished year 12 vce.
 
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Im well educated. My education makes me comfortable to the work im facing.Im a good listener, good student. I learned a lot of things about nursing. that Nursing is a broad proffesion. There's a lot of specific task that a Nurse can do depends on what they specialty theyre getting.
 
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Bsc Nursing and post gradute diploma in critical care.
 
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Give an example of when you did something without being asked.
 
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I always do things without being asked. ill ask the care team if there is anytrhing needed and if there is i will get it for them.
 
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I always do things without being asked. I try to build relationships with my team members and ask if they need anything, if I walk past a patient's room that isn't my own, but they need help using the restroom it is my duty to help them.
 
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What are some areas that need improvement?
 
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my weakness is am a type "A" personility. So I need not to keep on double checking myself. The second weakness is I have a notion that i need to help other nurses on the floor, which then puts me behind sometimes in my work. Lastly, I like to do things on my own without telling the other techs that i need help.
 
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Too awesome
 
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Tell me about a time when you made a mistake. How did you handle it?
 
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is impossinle to say that I have never made a mistake, but I can garanty the I learn from it and iy will never happen again.
 
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What is the one thing that you have done as a student nurse that has changed the course for a patient?
 
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Assisting during her first major operation. Did my best to eased her fear and anxiety.
 
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How would you respond when asked to perform a task outside of your job description?
 
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I would glady accept, because I always want to make a great impression and do my duties, whatever they may be, at the hospital.
 
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Why do you want to work for us?
 
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Professionally what areas would you like to develop in.
 
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I want to learn and grow in the nursing field.
 
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I want to work in the icu because i love helping people, and taking care of people that are in need, and i love what i do.
 
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I want to develop the skills I have learnt working on eau. I enjoy proble Solving and like the fact I will be able to provide one to one care.
 
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It is a challenging environment where I believe I could grow and refine my nursing skills.
 
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How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
 
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This position requires you to up-sell products and services. Is this something that interests you - please explain why or why not?
 
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What does good restaurant service mean to you?
 
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I will always try to avoid being tardy by ensuring I have adequate time prior to the start of work. Further to that, I will continue to take care of myself to the best of my ability to avoid becoming sick which would be a potential cause for missing work.
 
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His position requires you to up-sell products and services. Is this something that interests you - please explain why or why not?
 
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Describe your work ethic.
 
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How do you minimize potential spread of infectious diseases when working with patients?
 
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