Knowing everything about the work for which you hope to be hired, is a blessing.
It is unfortunate that many of us cannot articulate our knowledge even if we are experts in what we do – especially where interviews are concerned.
When under pressure, many of us forget what we wanted to say.
And that does not work too well at interviews where it is not only your knowledge that is being tested, but also your ability to handle stress at the workplace.
But if you go through the following set of questions and answers for a rehabilitation nurse position, you might be able to control this “interview situation”:
Why did you decide to specialize in rehab?
While I was working as a registered nurse, I realized that my true calling was in this specialization. Since the nurse manager whom I reported to also encouraged me to specialize in this area, I decided to take it up. And I do not regret it for a second!
As a rehabilitation nurse, what have been your duties in the past?
As a rehabilitation nurse, I have been responsible for performing patient assessments, providing insight to ensure that patient rehabilitation plans are properly created and developed, established goals with patients and their families, collaborated with rehabilitation teams to ensure that they are at par with patients’ requirements, and provided one-on-one support to patients, to help them regain their skills.
What do you find most challenging when working as a rehabilitation nurse?
I believe that the challenge is great no matter what you are doing at this position. However, I believe that educating patients’ families is perhaps the most challenging, as they are usually under a lot of stress and not much open to discussion.
What is your take on patient education?
I believe that making patients (and their families) aware of their situations, and what to expect during therapy programs is extremely important. Patient education takes the fear out of the “unknown procedure” and helps in making both patients and family members more conducive to treatment.
If you did not have a chance to specialize in rehabilitation care, what would you have specialized in?
The next best thing to working as a rehabilitation nurse would be to specialize in handling complicated chronic illness cases. I would specialize in chronic illness management.
How do you deal with irate patients?
I am an extremely patient and understanding person. If a patient has been assigned to me, it is obvious that he or she is going through something which only he or she can completely understand. And if because of his or her ailment or limitations, there are temper tantrums or non-cooperative attitude is evident, we need to understand and help them. Irate patients are usually quite easy for me to handle as I manage them psychologically.
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