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Question 1 of 20
Why did you choose to pursue a career as a Psychiatric Aide?
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I am very passionate, love to help people and its related with my career.
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I have a passion for educating, empowering, and connecting with people. I love learning about people and working with them to find ways to make them self sufficient.
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I am ready for a career change and like something challenging where I can help people.
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I am ready to challenge myself as I finish nursing school. I think this opportunity will allow me to be a better nurse.
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I wanted to pursue a psychiatric aide because the basics are important. A foundation to anything will allow you to experience a field from all angles. Especially in psychology it is importnat that as those helping the mentally disabled, we approach their situation from all angles, observing body language, eyecontact, behavioral patterns, expressions etc. As an Aide I will be able to see firsthand how a professional in the field carries out therapy and how they approach different patients from different mental state of minds. This is invaluable for me, and will shed a new informational light in the psych field for myself.
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I would like to work with mentally ill patient.
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Question 2 of 20
What do you know about our organization?
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It's a hospital for people who have mental illness provide services hygene medication recreation.
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Central Florida Behavioral Hospital is emergency receiving facility that opened in 2008. The company has a trauma informed philosophy that focuses on client learning to be self sufficient, providing hope, empowerment, connection, and hope. The mission of the company is to provide service that clients would recommend to their families and friends, physicians prefer to refer, and staff feel proud to represent. Serve from children to mature adults. There are 9 units serving children/adolescents, co-occuring disorders, affective disorders, mature adults, general adult, persistent mental illness, shock therapy, partial hospitalization, and intensive outpatient. Open 24 hours a day and accept referrals and walk-ins.
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You are a mental health facility,
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I have worked here for three years and I really enjoy working the mental health inmates.
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When I come in canada many times I heard about this organisation . This organisation is one of the most reputed health care institution in canada before I come for this interview I got lot of information about this institution from online.
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I know the hospital is making plans to build a large all in one type hospital. I participated in the town forum this morning as on the 12th I was studying. It shows me the company means that it does care about the community and are trying to improve healthcare in the area.
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To my knowledge just a place of employment to people that help mentally ill.
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I am aware of the array of services this organization provides. I think it is very commedable that we have resources from crisis intervention, to group therapy, single therapy, to in patient care. I admire the perserverence and the.
Question 3 of 20
Why are you the best candidate for us?
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Describe some examples of work that you have done independently or with little direction.
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I have experience with a wide range of clients and disorders. My experience in residential and transitional housing has equipped me to handle conflict resolution, putting out fires, working with a team, and quickly responding to issues. I have a lot of experience with assessments and diagnosis and case management experience while working at methadone clinic.
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I have an extensive background working with complex pediatric patients with complex diagnoses, many whip included behavioral concerns.
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I have enough experience in the field and I will provide my skill to the job.
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I have the compassion, empathy and have gained many skills (with still more to learn & acquire) since taking on the challenge of changing my career and commencing my Aged Care training. I have wanted to do this for so long and I just wanted to be able to make a difference to someone's life or day. It's like when I lived and breathed hairdressing it was a privilege to be able to enter someones home and do their hair and make them feel and look good.
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My prior knowledge and experience will be an asset for your institution I am loyal trust worthy.
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I am very dependable and will do my best to help the mental health inmates / patients.
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I am not applying to be a psychiatric aide just for the money, or financial stability. I applied because I have goals and ambitions that I want to achieve through this job. I am really interested in mental health and wish to pursue a career in the field. If I'm hired this will give me much experience as it will help me to see my strengths and weaknesses I will face in this career in the future.
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Because I am dependable and trustworthy and I will be here when you need me.
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I have a diverse healthcare background that allows me to care for patients in a dynamic manner and treat patients more as individuals.
Question 4 of 20
What is your greatest strength?
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Team work, speak politely keep calm people, respectful good comunication.
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Know the mood of the clients before they acting out and react in a proper way if they acting out.
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I'm detail oriented; Highly organized; punctual; good at creating and planning I'm dedicated- I become invested in the population and company I work for. I take the initiative to develop myself in whatever area I lack. When I started working at CENTAUR I didn't know a lot about HIV so I starting following social media sites on HIV, I attended events and forums on HIV, subscribed to HIV magazines. I even put on a HIV awareness event in my community. I wanted to fully understand my clients experience and what they face. I volunteered for events for my company.
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During in hard time I see my self calme,
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Ability to adapt to different working environments, people and so forth. Although I am still relatively new to the industry I feel that I have achieved good results and good rapports with most of the residents I have had the privilege of looking after.
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Dependable, Trustworthy, loyal, OCD, like things done correctly, not just half do something.
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I am a patient person and I am willing to spend time with my patients to understand their concerns.
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My greatest strength is my self confidence because I am always taking challenges in my life.
Question 5 of 20
What is your greatest weakness? What are you doing to improve it?
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My greatest weakness is sometimes I overwork myself. I had a habit of coming to work 1.5 hours early and staying an hour late to get work done and it was draining me. I recognized this wasn't healthy or making me more effective. I had to learn that everything wasn't going to get done in one day in this field. I cut down the over time I was working and learned to be more comfortable with leaving work for the next day and I found everything would still get done when it needed to and I was more rested.
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I am a stickler for the rules as per policy & procedure, or that's not how I was taught etc... And find it frustrating when others don't agree with me and become impatient and angry with me. I am learning to be able to stick up for myself more and speak up if I see something is being done wrong, not to be afraid to question.
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I don't like to delegate tasks & don't like saying "NO" when someone asks for help. Trying to delegate more when I'm extremely busy and cant get to it .
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To me, my weakness is that I'm very bad at socializing and communicating with others. I'm pretty socially awkward, and to be in the mental health field, one must be very good at building relationships and communicating with new people. That is why I decided to go down to Richmond for college, because I wanted to challenge myself and meet new people so I can practice my social skills.
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I think I am too focussed on my work I need to find more time to relax.
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I am independent. When things go side ways I want to do my best to control and fix the situation. I am learning to rely on teammates and ask for help more often to increase my communication skills and provide the safest most effective care for patients.
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Sometimes I breakdown myself, but I hold in what does not need to come out at that time. I calm myself down and breathe first before thinking any further.
Question 6 of 20
How do you handle stressful situations?
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I try to step back and calm myself down first, reach out to my peers/supervisor for support then think of a plan to address the problem. I make sure to react to situation and not to stress. EX: When we switched to new documentation system it was extremely stressful, there were aspects of the system we didn't understand, we had to transfer old notes/billing from older system while maintaining normal daily duties. We didn't fully understand how to do some things. It was insane and I felt extremely overwhelmed. I met with my supervisor and expressed how I was feeling, cried, and that made a huge difference. After getting past the emotions I was able to just accept what couldn't be done at the moment and accomplish would I could get done, ask right questions and got answers, etc.
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I take breath and trust my training.
Question 7 of 20
What kinds of additional responsibilities or challenges have you taken on?
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Helping them to solve some problems.
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I started a psychoeducational group at the methadone clinic (colonial management group) I worked at, I noticed people coming to treatment but weren't fully informed on what methadone was. I designed and supervised a peer support program at CENTAUR I've assisted with supervising interns, met with them once a week, provided feedback on group facilitation, helped them with improving clinical skills I managed productivity tracking at CENTAUR and helped brainstorm ways to improve productivity.
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With agency, I go into a facility not knowing anything and allow myself to do what needs to be done to the best of my abilities with out much training of their system or facilities.
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I am in the process of getting full custody of my great niece.
Question 8 of 20
What are your career goals?
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To help people physically emotionally showing them respect and love.
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Obtain licensure by September 2016, obtain CAP certification, become Qualified supervisor. I'm interested in leadership/program development. I have an interest in hospital setting; this is usually the beginning point before a client transitions to further care so its critical that they receive proper referrals and become invested in their recovery to increase chances of ongoing stabilization.
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Eventually I want to to become a flight nurse and pursue a MSN in nursing education.
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To work in facility or for a company where I enjoy what I do and room for growth.
Question 9 of 20
What experience do you have in this field?
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I have an experience working with older people who have Alzimers.
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I've worked in a methadone clinic for a year so I have experience working on a team with medical staff and psychiatric professionals. At CENTAUR I work in both outpatient and transitional housing so I have experience balancing two different treatment settings and with multiple mental health diagnosis. I have a lot of experience with substance abuse, I did my internship with residential program and volunteered my time running groups and and seeing client there for a year after. CENTAUR I have many client with severe mental disorders and experience working with psychiatric provider and helping clients with medication management.
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I have worked some psych calls while doing EMS and I have worked with those who have mental disabilities.
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I have worked with mental health patients for past 5 years. And mental health inmates for 3 years.
Question 10 of 20
Would you consider yourself a patient person?
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Need. Help physically and emotionally.
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Yes. It is one of my best qualities as a growing healthcare professional and as a person in general.
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Absolutely. At CENTAUR my supervisor would typically assign clients who needed someone who is calm, patient, and understanding. I got a lot of the erratic clients who were easily angered or depressed clients who need a lot of care and support. My calm patient demeanor would pacify their anger or pain.
Question 11 of 20
Why do you want to enter in this career?
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It seems to be a interesting enviorment.
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Working hard compassionately.
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I would like to work with people with mental issues and help and prevent the complications of mental ilnesses.
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Because I have a passion for working with people, I am an extremely calm, and approachable person and I find it easy to relate and work well with people on a personal and emtional level.
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I like to work in mental hospital, I have As degree in psychiatric technical.
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I would like to work in healthcare area. Basically I am a nurse so I think this career is suitable for me.
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I've always been interested in gaining experience in hospital setting due to its fast pace, it's a challenge for me. I feel I have a lot to offer in this type of setting, I have a lot of experience with co-occuring disorders which I would imagine a lot of clients here are co-occuring. I have experience being in a past paced busy environment and managing conflicts on a daily basis. I love running groups. I have a lot of experience with assessments and diagnosing. I'm a team player and majority of my clinical experience has relied heavily on integrated treatment services.
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I feel at this point in my life I need a career change. I enjoy working with people and trying help people.
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Because I am the type of person who likes to help people an get them up on the right track.
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I want to help those that need it more than the average person. Also I feel as though I could mentally handle the majority of what challenges come to me throughout the day, etc.
Question 12 of 20
How will you be able to tolerate being in a mental health facility for your career?
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Taking enough rest before coming to shift and do exercises and enjoy the job.
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I will enjoy working, and try to better peoples lifes. I enjoy making people feel better and love bringing a bright smile into the work environment. I also love to listen to people, and always have an ear available for when people need to talk.
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Self care! Reaching out for support from peers. Taking time off from full time job for self care.
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I think I can tolerate or handle any kind of situation in my carrier before I mentioned one of my quality is my self confidence so I will take any kind of challenges in my carrier.
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I feel I would be an asset to the Company, feel I could help inmates / patients in many different ways.
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I myself carry a disability that I have had to grow up with. I have gone through what everyone knows is the "five stages of grief", but in the end it has empowered me and I adapt quickly to make the most of my situation and make it work for me. My persona, I believe is warm and invititing. After being exposed to a lot of mental health related issues during my undergrad years as a peer counselor, I have developed coping mechanisms and realized my true purpose in life is to help those that need help. I have grown up in a clinical medicinal environment and the one field that I just wanted to know more about was the mental health field. I believe my compassion and my strength to accept what I cant change and to always perservere, is what will allow me to tolerate being in a mental health facility.
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What the patients say or do I know it is part of their medical condition. I also have good coping mechanisms for stress like exercise with my personal trainer and spending time outdoors.
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I have lost of patience and tolerance .
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I enjoy helping people with mentally challenged so I would tolerate being in mental health facility.
Question 13 of 20
Do you have any specialties?
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I have been working with Alzheimer's and people who have dementia.
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I have 3 experience dealing the people with mental issues and done PG diploma in mentally handicapped people.
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Empathetic, caring, compassionate.
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Yes, I have be trine in different department like metro, Fairview, college hospital and so.
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Yes I have lot of specialities . I am a good lisoner as well as a leaner. I never leave till tomorrow which I can do today. Another specialities of mine is self confidence and because I am always ready to meet challenges.
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Co-occuring disorder, Substance abuse, HIV population, spirituality, art therapy.
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I have my CPR, I have attended a couple classes steered twards psych patients.
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No. I am open to finding a specialty that fits me though.
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I do not have any specialties.
Question 14 of 20
What experiences do you have dealing with mentally ill patients?
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I have enough experience working at different facilities with different needs be patient, communicate clearly verbally and gester.
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I was trained for 16 weeks.
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Violent behaviors, needs restrain the clients, acting out, suicidal behaviors and harm themselves behaviors.
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Working in EMS, I have worked with mentally ill, many addictions, or brain injured patients.
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I have work in group home,
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When I was studying in my nursing school we had placement in psychiatric hospital and after my graduation I got a chance to work 3months in a psychiatric hospital.
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Methadone, residential, centaur.
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I work with psych patients at the hospital. Sucidal psych patients etc.
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Working in a&e they come true A&E alot so I understand a lil bit about mentally patients.
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My mother has worked with special needs children at a high school for about eight years. I would hear her stories and see how some days it would be a challenge for her. Meeting them I was very careful but nice.
Question 15 of 20
Tell us about a specific time when you had to handle a tough problem which challenged fairness or ethical issues.
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At the methadone clinic we had a client who was actively using substances, came to the clinic high on multiple occasions, suspected selling drugs in the facility and was allowed to continue receive methadone treatment. I felt highly conflicted due to risk to the clients life. I documented all positive drug screens, discussed with the client dangers of mixing substances, tried working on methods to reduce use. Brought to PD and clinical staffing my concerns but facility wouldn't discharge him. CL needed higher level of care. Eventually got the client referred to different treatment setting that offered methadone.
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When a dying patient asks for something that goes against the doctors orders.
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Often times disclosure of confidential information. I am very aware of HIPPA policy and patient doctor confidentiality. My parents have always taught me that information that is shared with you, is an honor and is to be treated as sacred. This rule, I always apply. However there was an instance where I had to report one of my peers I was mentoring becaus she displayed suicidal symptoms in her idioms and language. It was difficult for me to break the confidentiality but ethically I did the responsible thing and could have very well saved her life.
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Respond politely and reported to the manager.
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When another superviser made a choice to send the wrong crew to the city, knowing it was the wrong choice I stepped up and provided an alternative.
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In my past experience I had an incident one of my client had a deep relationship with other client its near our unit. The problem is my patient was under the treatment of sexually transmitted disease . One day I came to know their relationship become more more deeper. But actually I do not know wt to do because I cannot reveal my patient medical condition to that client. Because its a confidenciality issue so I decided to speak with my supervisor. And we both decided to speak with other client because its a safty issue.
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The other day an elderly client was not eating lunch and I was trying to talk her into eating and the daughter arrived and said it was ok. I explained the importance of eating and how it would help the energy levels but the the daughter insisted that it was ok. After talking with teammates we decided that lunch was not a priority for the client given her condition.
Question 16 of 20
What have you done in the past year to better yourself as a Psychiatric Aide?
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Keep working with different facilities.
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Attended trainings (LGBT trainings, motivational interviewing, leadership training, etc), work with supervisor on assertiveness, make my own personal goals and challenge myself to achieve them. Role play.
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Nursing school has taught me a lot about the importance of therapeutic communication.
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I don't let patients manipulate me into getting what they want. Which is against policy.
Question 17 of 20
Give an example of a time when you dealt calmly and effectively in a volatile situation.
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A client spoke to me unpolitelty and bad word and I answered politely she not suppose to say this to me and reported to the manager.
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Terr- CL was actively manic and running lose in the building. I was called to get the client. Spoke to client calmly and brought him into an office. Allowed client to express what was happening and his feelings and he calmed down. Wil. Stil- upset because case manager wouldn't place him in housing immediately. Loud in lobby and homicidal and suicidal suggestions. Called to building. Brought client in office, expressed frustrations. Called psychiatrist whom has good relationship who spoke to him on speaker phone. Developed plan going forward.
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Take a deep Breath and count to ten, tell myself I can get through this with God's help.
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When I was doing an EMS clinicial one of our psych calls was to a homeless shelter and a large guy was threatening people and himself. My partner was getting upset and I asked him to update dispatch and I talked to the guy at eye level and made him feel understood.
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There was several rushes at my previous job and I just moved as quickly and smoothly going between drinks and food for several hours refilling as soon as I needed to or got a break between time of taking orders and amount of products able to b e made. I also had to take my friend for several hospital trips.
Question 18 of 20
Have you ever prevented a problem because you were able to anticipate one persons reaction to another person?
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With placing clients in housing. Bi-polar CL who is vey erratic. I was able to anticipate which clients he would be less likely to conflict with this client and he managed to stay in our program for months without any issues./ Deal with this a lot with placing clients in housing.
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I do have a good sense of intuition and can pick up if something is going awry and this allows me to redirect or get assistance with whatever is needed.
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Yes prevented a patient from coding, due to nurses poor judgement and lack of handeling situation.
Question 19 of 20
Would you tell us how your connections to coworkers or others help you to be successful in your work?
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I am social respect others do not involve gossiping look everyone the same way.
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Having a positive relationship with my co-workers helps us work more collaboratively as a team. If I don't know something I can always reach out to a co-worker who in most cases does. I can reach out to them to help with tasks that need to be completed or to help put out fires in the community. If a client is having an issue or concern and I can't address it at the moment I can reach out to a coworker who has time to do it. Connection in the community- build those relationships for ease of referrals of collaborating on treatment.
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I always try to be friendly and approachable to allow for coworkers to feel comfortable with me. More comfortable we are as a team the better care the patient receives.
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I get along with others. I can work well as a team player or do well working alone. I enjoy being around people. Not one for conflict.
Question 20 of 20
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years.
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Just working and renewing my cpr.
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Completed graduate school. Trainings. Attend conferences. Seek guidance and support from those more experienced.
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I have become a CNA and worked in many different locations.
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I have done some training within the hospital and outside.

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