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When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?

Answer examples and advice for how to answer this interview question for an Occupational Therapist Assistant interview

How to Answer

Think of a time when perhaps a patient or a situation tested your patience. How did you react, and how did you calm yourself down?

When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
Answer example

"I recall a patient that would constantly complain about her lack of progress yet it was apparent that she was not doing any of the stretches and exercise recommended to her by the OT. This went on for weeks and I had to smile and nod, letting the OT take the lead in convincing her that doing these exercises would help. It's difficult at times to help people in recovery when they don't want to do the work to help themselves. That, in my opinion, takes a lot of patience to deal with."

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When have you demonstrated a great deal of patience in the work place?
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When someone didn't want to reach there goal and you have to tell them they will make it though and push them.
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Working with alziemer and dementia patients.
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With in all my previous work as my attendance and and devotion shows.
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When the team is not cohesive.
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During my time in geriatrics my director repeatedly gave me patients who were "difficult" or who had dementia because I could show patience in getting that patient to work toward their goals.
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I always put my clients in the centre, I listen to their views, opinions and wishes.
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When I worked nights for 3 years as a lone worker in sometimes very difficult situations.Both for families patients and myself dealing with terminally agitated patients.
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At my current I job I came across a customer who did not speak English. I noticed they were looking at some vegetables. They were clearly struggling with the product names. After noticing them for a little while I decided to approach them. I smiled and greeted them. With great difficulty they said no English, Turkish. It took me a moment to think, and I borrowed one of the managers phone and used google translate and was able to communicate with the customer. They wAnted aubergine.
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In my current work place it is mainly with the older generation or with disabilities. I think something just to sit and chat with someone or play in a childs case can mean so much.
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When a patients mood is low and declines to participate in any activities.
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Working with children and older adults who have behavior issues. There are different ways to redirect the patient, just depending on their need. sOMETIMES IT'S BEST TO LEAVE THE SITUATION AND COME BACK WHEN thing have deesculated.
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Working with children and older adults who have behavior issues. There are different ways to redirect the patient, just depending on their need. sOMETIMES IT'S BEST TO LEAVE THE SITUATION AND COME BACK WHEN thing have deesculated.
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I worked with a very nervous patient who I was trying to encourage into a wheelchair to take through to an activity in the kitchen. I sat with the patient for an hour trying to encouraging her and softly assisting her to stand when she felt able. The patient became exhausted and upset due to her surround environment so I reassured the patient and agreed we would try another day.
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With a child who had severe autism and was actually hitting and kicking me.
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I was shadowing an occupational therapist when I was working with patients who suffered from brain injury. I was only able to observe small changes with regards to patient's rehabilitation, but we continued with the routinely recommended interventions.
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Some service users take a while to decide to take the step that would make the difference. A person may stay with a violent partner for example.
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On a daily basis working with students with Autism, they can sometimes take time to process an instruction/request and this is when I give them as much time as they need and this may be on numerous occasion throughout the day.
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Whilst doing a self care assessment.
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I demonstrated patience in my work place when I was working with a resident that was working on lower body dressing and she was having trouble getting her leg through the pants hole. I allowed her to take her time so that she could focus on the task and this allowed her to achieve her goal.
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Giving a customer time and empathy when upset.
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When patients have not wanted to participate in certain things I personally feel that I am quite good at reasoning with them and taking the time and having the patients to persuade them to continue with the program set out for them.

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