■ if a friend were to ask you for help in deciding whether to stay or quit a job that was hard work but meaningful work, what would you tell them and why?
make sure the place of work fails and closes so my friend does not have to deal with it.
■ when you have a lot of work to do and not enough time or assistance to get it all done, how do you handle it?
i fake fake a temporary debilitating disease.
■ how do you keep from getting burnout?
a blunt self inflicted injury.
■ what about your character would help you do this job day in and day out?
lack of empathy.
■ what does endurance mean to you?
the ability to withstand empathy.
■ would those who know you best say that you endure to the end or move on to other things?
character quality: dependability
■ during the last year, when your replacement hasn't shown up and your manager asked you to stay late, what percentage of the time have you stayed late?
i'm sorry, i don't have time to answer that question. i gotta go.
■ everybody misses work sometimes. what are some legitimate reasons to miss work?
sunday, monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday, friday, and saturday.
■ two hours before you are scheduled to arrive at work, you learn weather is going to be bad and traffic will be worse. how do you respond?
i kiss the weatherman right on his tv screen and go back to bed.
■ if your shift ends at 3 p.m. and your replacement hasn't arrived by 3:15 p.m., what do you do?
learn about it from the people who stayed at work.
■ the schedule shows 8, however only 5 showed up. how does that make you feel?
like scheduling coordinator failed math.
what would you do?
be one of the three that didn't show up.
■ you just discovered it's a snow day and your kids have no school. you are scheduled to work 3-11, how would you handle this dilemma?
i had a vasectomy in 1986, before fathering any children, so this question does not apply to me.
■ how many scheduled days did you miss during the last three months you worked?
i never "miss" my job when i'm not there.
■ it is your lunch break and you see a resident fall. what do you do?
ask him if he wants me to pick him up anything up for lunch.
■ what would you do if your car doesn't start?
spend the day fixing it. i love automechanics.
■ if we were to ask your previous supervisor,
what would they say about your attendance and job performance?
if you know what's good for you, you won't.
character quality: compassion
■ how do you respond to crabby people in pain?
out crabby them.
■ approximately how old were you when you decided to become a nurse?
you're trying to figure out my age, aren't you?
where there any defining moments that help you decide to become a nurse?
i figured a woman could do it, so why couldn't i?
■ would people say that you are compassionate?
what in the h - e double hockey sticks are you trin' to say?
your family? if i told them my real address.
why, give some specific reasons?
i agree: why give some specific reasons?
■ if you encountered a resident that was characteristically upset and/or difficult what would you do?
see "out crabby them".
■ if a resident has just expired and their family has just arrived at the facility, how would you respond.
renew the expiration date.
■ mrs. jones is in the facility for a fractured hip. she constantly likes attn. by putting on the call light pretending to be in pain. everyone on the hall is ignoring her. you pass by the room and hear her crying what is your response?
shut the door so she doesn't disturburb the other residents.
■ how would you intervene with a resident who is grieving over the loss of a grandchild.
tell them a knock-knock joke.
character quality: sensitivity
■ you are late for work. you enter the building and notice a non-compliant resident who is drinking a soda but appears to have a wet him/her self. how do you respond?
depends! i might ask him/her for a swig of soda, but not to trade underwear.
■ how do you react to a sense of being overwhelmed with unfinished work ten minutes past your shift deadline when you find a new resident in need?
ten minutes after my shift? i'd wonder what the resident was doing in my car, since i left work ten minutes ago.
■ do others like to talk with you? how do you encourage others to talk to you?
you've some nerve asking me that!
character quality: cautiousness
■ can you explain in detail how you would appropriately transfer a resident from a bed to a wheel chair?
"there's the wheelchair."
character quality: honesty
■ what would you do if a delivery driver accidentally left double the number of an item that his company charges us a lot of money for?
two words: ebay.
■ what was the last thing you found? ... then ask, where?, ... what did you do with it? [does the applicant take advantage of opportunities of the moment or do they have a heart to restore lost items to the owner?]
see last answer.
■ what would you do if you saw another nurse stealing from a resident?
i'd figure i was looking in a mirror.
■ a resident takes off her rings, and hands them to you in the middle of the night what would you do?
see "ebay" answer.
■ how do you demonstrate honesty to co-workers?
i don't understand the question.
■ what do you think honesty means to an employer?
see last answer.
character quality: punctuality
■ if we were to ask your previous supervisor, would s/he say that you never, sometimes, or frequently took off early?
all the above.
■ what are some of the reasons that kept you from coming to work ... promptly?
my decision not to.
character quality: initiative
■ your shift ends in 10 min. and you have accomplished all your duties, how would you utilize your remaining time?
warm up my car.
■ what do you think initiative is and how have you applied it to your job in the past?
i'm sorry. i wasn't paying attention
■ tell me of a time that you solved a problem without direct supervision.
■ how often do you think a charge nurse or don needs to be on the unit?
how do you spell don?
character quality: deference, discretion, endurance, flexibility, respect, honor, loyalty, meekness, obedience, self-control
■ describe a recent problem you had with one of your manager's decisions. wait, then ask, how did you handle it?
i tied my shoes all by myself.
her shoes did not match her purse, so i bought her a pair of dark glasses, so nobody would recognize her.
■ after an extremely demanding day with a resident who required much attention, their family member aggressively approaches you, and accuses you of negligence and calls you nasty names. how do you handle this?
"i know i am. but what are you?"