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What is an example of one of the most difficult cases you have ever worked?

1 of 30 Surgical First Assistant Interview Questions and Answers Written by Darby Faubion

Updated on December 22nd, 2018 |
How to Answer

The interviewer understands that every surgery is not an elective procedure and may be a more difficult situation than others. When you are asked a question like this during an interview, it is not necessarily because the interviewer wants to hear a story of a difficult time, but more likely that he is trying to see how well you cope with difficult situations. As always, remember to protect patient confidentiality when giving an answer.

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"The most difficult case I ever worked was the surgery of a 14 yr old boy who had been in an automobile accident. The driver of the car that hit him was drunk. The boy lost his leg and the other driver walked away with only a few cuts and bruises. It was a devastating event."

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"I have only recently begun my career as a surgical first assistant and can't think of an unusually difficult case that I have personally assisted with. Of course, I have heard stories of difficult cases, such as people who experience the loss of a limb, or a stillbirth, but I have not yet worked any such case."

Written by:

Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 05/29/2013
Last modified on: 12/22/2018

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What is an example of one of the most difficult cases you have ever worked?
I enjoy working with all speciality's and work well with people from all backgrounds.
One that is trusts the team they are given and one that can teach me as you really can't stop learning in the field.
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