A Few More Common Nursing Interview Questions (Part II) - page 3

This article is the second part of a two-part essay on how to answer common nursing interview questions. The interview process can stir up deep feelings of nervousness and anxiety because most... Read More

  1. Visit  Stacey30} profile page
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    Sure do, I interviewed twice for the OR position that I applied for (which I got, by the way!) and both times I was asked this question! So I used two different examples.

    Example 1: I completed my preceptorship on a GI/Gynie surgical oncology unit and one of my patients was recently admitted to the floor from the PACU s/p lap hysterectomy. The PCT was completing 11pm vitals when she notified me that this patient's temperature was above normal limits. I retook her temp myself and got the same result. The surgical dressing was still intact so I wasn't able to assess the site for signs of infection, but I knew that elevated temp could be a sign of infection which is a complication of surgery so I contacted the physician. He gave orders for IV acetaminophen and I continued to monitor her overnight. Her temp was brought under control.

    Example 2: I worked for an agency that provided in-home personal care to seniors during nursing school, and I was given a new assignment for a client with several comorbidities. We specialized in Alzheimers/dementia care, but we provided only nonmedical care to clients. So when I began working with this client I read through the notes that other caregivers recorded on this client so I could get an idea of what her daily routine is (care was provided twice/day for three hours each, not continuously, so I couldn't get verbal reports). I noticed in the notes that this client had been incontinent of bowel and that her stools were observed as being loose, mucousy, and bloody and foul-smelling. Her daily weights showed she was rapidly losing weight and she was having multiple stools per day. I knew from nursing school that these symptoms sounded like ulcerative colitis so I contacted my agency to verify that they were aware of these symptoms and that she should be seen by a doctor. She did end up being diagnosed with UC and given the proper treatment.

    Hope that helps!
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  3. Visit  NACovey} profile page
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    Awesome, thank you! And congratulations on the job
  4. Visit  auchiepie} profile page
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    everything on this thread is great! definitely will help me during my interviews!
  5. Visit  SoaringOwl} profile page
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    Here's a bunch I was recently asked.

    Tell me about a time where you had to adapt to a change in the workplace over which you had no control.
    What was your least-favorite nursing class?
    Tell me about a time you had to find out more about a patient’s situation before treating the patient.
    Tell me about a time a patient complimented you.
    Tell me about a time you witnessed an unsafe situation. What did you do?
    Tell me about a a time a group member didn't pull their own weight. What did you do?
  6. Visit  TheCommuter} profile page
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    Quote from SoaringOwl
    Here's a bunch I was recently asked.

    Tell me about a time where you had to adapt to a change in the workplace over which you had no control.
    What was your least-favorite nursing class?
    Tell me about a time you had to find out more about a patient’s situation before treating the patient.
    Tell me about a time a patient complimented you.
    Tell me about a time you witnessed an unsafe situation. What did you do?
    Tell me about a a time a group member didn't pull their own weight. What did you do?
    Thank you for sharing these!
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  7. Visit  EwaAnn} profile page
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    Quote from TheCommuter
    My true weaknesses are ones that would make me seem sociopathic, and therefore, totally kill my chances at getting hired at any workplace that involves interpersonal relationships with people.

    "I have difficulty empathizing, sometimes have a blunted affect, and regularly view people as objects." Any hiring manager who heard those words coming out of my mouth would probably make sure that my employment application gets shredded or placed into file number thirteen (a.k.a. the wastebasket). Therefore, I would never divulge these aspects unless I want to live under a freeway overpass due to being unemployed.
    Love your answer especially the last part.
  8. Visit  EwaAnn} profile page
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    Quote from ♪♫ in my ♥
    I'm kind of weird because an answer like that would make you a real person to me... and separate you from all the folks with the canned answers.

    I'd follow up with questions about how you cope with these traits in the service industry of nursing.

    +++

    I generally avoid saying, "My biggest weakness is..." but instead rephrase it as, "One area in which I've identified a need for ongoing growth and development is..."
    I like the last line the best because it puts an interviewee at ease. Otherwise by the time we get done with the interview, we will have more gray hair than we walked in with.


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