How To Answer The Most Common Nursing Interview Questions - page 3

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To be perfectly blunt, interviews can be rather nerve-wracking because a lot is at stake. After all, you really want to be considered for this available position, and you only have one chance to make a good first impression on... Read More


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    Quote from nurse2033
    I would say you are passionate about being an advocate for immunization.
    Yes this is much better! Good call
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    Food for thought... lots to think about... THANKS!
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    In regards to discussing a med error at an interview- I personally don't think it is terrible so long as you can say you learned from it. There are very few nurses who haven't made a med error in their career. I wouldn't look at a med error as deal-breaker, and would appreciate the person's honesty. Especially when they can tell me that the error made them a better, more concientious nurse in the end. I agree with the poster who said a mistake is only a TOTAL mistake if you learn nothing from it.

    Med errors are bad because most are preventable and a serious one has the potential to cause great harm- so we are scared of discussing them and being labeled a 'bad' nurse, even though in reality, most of us have made at least one at some point. We are all human, we all make mistakes. Interviewers know this just as we do. I think our best hope would be that when we do make a mistake, there are no serious consequences and we learn from it.
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    i dont lie about med errors. i made few med errors(small) when i was casual, and when i became full time i became one of the RN with the best practice(least incident report) on the floor. Because i learn from my error and i figure out a way to establish the best practice for myself. i admit med error during interview and stating i learn from it, and i believe all interviewers expecting you being honest. they know me young,novice and they want to see that i can grow and i can learn from mistakes during interview.
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    Your answers were completely honest and clear. But I couldn't completely judge it If I haven't heard the total flow the interview.
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    Quote from deni_an
    I've thought about the "What are your weaknesses" question a lot.

    My weakness is I can't stand people who don't vaccinate their children, with their ignorance they are literally hurting society (herd immunity) and therefore hurting me or my future children.

    But I realize that is their freedom, and just because I don't respect you or your decisions doesn't mean I won't treat you with respect. I'll give you (and your children) the same care that I would give any other patient. But I won't be happy about it. :/

    I'll have to figure out a way to portray that in an interview. I think it is a valid answer though, at some point we'll all have to treat child molesters, murderers, drug users, or simply just rude people - our level of care cannot change when if we don't like someone. Luckily we don't have to be their friend we just have to help them get well.

    Wow! It's beyond funny to me to be lumped in with 'child molesters, murderers, drug users or simply rude people' because my children aren't vaccinated. Also beyond funny to me that you don't appear to have any kids of your own at this time to even understand the many reasons a parent makes the decisions they do for the welfare of their children- such as whether vaccination is appropriate or not. How naive you are! And, judgemental! Dig alittle deeper for some compassion toward impartial patient care cause I'm not buying it!
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    [QUOTE=EmTheNewRN;6640117]I care about each patient as a person, which is a valuable trait in nursing; however, it is important not to be consumed by it. I am working on learning to maintain a healthy work-life balance because "taking them home with me" doesn't help anyone. That is an honest statement from me, and my hope is that it reflects positively because empathy/caring is a positive trait in general, but it's important not to let it interfere with your clinical judgement or your own sanity. If there is something about you that is good as a person but can become a weakness as a professional, I think that's a good place to start.*

    I understand what you are saying. I had this problem while a student. I would get overly wrapped up in a certain patients' situation and spend too much time on it after clinical was over, researching and printing educational information to give to the patient on the next clinical rotation-even though they were now the patient of another student. Yea, I learned a lot about myself from this experience. I will definitely have to work on not bringing home the patient with me mentally at the end of the day too.
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    Quote from deni_an
    I've thought about the "What are your weaknesses" question a lot.

    My weakness is I can't stand people who don't vaccinate their children, with their ignorance they are literally hurting society (herd immunity) and therefore hurting me or my future children.

    But I realize that is their freedom, and just because I don't respect you or your decisions doesn't mean I won't treat you with respect. I'll give you (and your children) the same care that I would give any other patient. But I won't be happy about it. :/

    I'll have to figure out a way to portray that in an interview. I think it is a valid answer though, at some point we'll all have to treat child molesters, murderers, drug users, or simply just rude people - our level of care cannot change when if we don't like someone. Luckily we don't have to be their friend we just have to help them get well.
    I don't think that this is a "weakness" that affects your working habits. this is more of your personal opinion on a topic. Find something about yourself that you wish to improve that may help you become a better nurse. My weakness for instance was forgetting deadlines for health assessments, and I bought up how I overcame this by keeping alerts on my phone and staying ogranized and intouch with my supervisor regarding upcoming dates.
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    Thank you for this article! It has been a great help for the interview that I have coming up this week!
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    Thanks for such a great review....I have interview in two days and am a nervous rack.....just tired of being unemployed x 5 weeks and so discouraged.....anxious....sad...angry...depressed ...this article have given me some ponters and given me some upliftment
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