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How Would You Answer This Interview Question?

Dear Readers,

I’m asking your thoughts on how you would answer this question.

It’s a “prioritizing type situational” interview question that a reader shared with me.

Here’s the question:

You are on a Med/Surg floor and you are with a patient who is very emotionally unstable and crying uncontrollably when you receive two calls.

One is from a nursing assistant who suspects a lead is off on her patient but is not quite sure what the problem is and asks you to come check on the patient.

The other call is from a nurse who needs an independent double-check on the PCA for her patient who is in a lot of pain.

Who would you tend to first and why? Who would you tend to second and why?Decision Sign Representing Uncertainty And Making Decisions

Of course I asked for more background information, but (also of course!) the response was No…the applicant had to answer based on the above information only.

What do you think?

Thank You,

Nurse Beth


About Beth Hawkes (141 Articles)
Nice to meet you! I'm a Nursing Professional Development Specialist in acute care, a writer, speaker and career columnist.
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