I started my first job as an RN a week ago.
I am working half time in urgent care and the other half I do annual physicals with elderly patients. I am supposed to get everything done in 40 minutes. Basically, I do VS control, EKG, ABI, PFT, Bone density measurement, Draw blood for labs, take pt to xray, and conduct nursing interview. I can get all the studies and blood draw in time, but what is more difficult to me is the interview. Every time I ask a question, the patients give me a long story that barely relates to the question. Most pts have lost their spouses, so they keep referring to their lives back then when their spouses were alive.
I like listening to their stories
however, because of the time limit, I know I have to interrupt them in the middle of a story tp get an appropriate answer and continue with the next question, and I can't help feeling rude and insensitive. I love listening to old people stories. My grandma has Alzheimer's and I can listen to the same story over and over and never get tired or frustrated.
So how do you think I could handle the interview? I mostly use open ended questions, should I used closed, yes/no questions instead? Any advices that would help me get through the interview process a little bit faster?
Thanks in advance!