Nurse Job Interview Questions About Rude Doctors

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When preparing for an interview as a nurse, it will boost your confidence (and increase your chances of landing the job) if you review commonly asked questions beforehand. That way, you can take your time to come up with the best possible answers, along with experiential examples that highlight your most relevant qualifications. Some people even recommend saying your answers out loud in front of a mirror.

How Would You Deal With a Rude Doctor?

Unfortunately, bosses (including doctors) can be rude. Below are sample answers to the nurse interview question, "How would you deal with a doctor who was rude and demeaning to you?"

  • I have been very lucky in that I have had the good fortune to work with doctors who were always professional in their interactions with me. If I were to have a doctor that treats me badly, I would bring the question to my supervisor right away. That's because, if the doctor was displeased with me in some way, I would want to find out so that I could take action to rectify the situation.
     
  • Once when I was working in a rehabilitation facility, I had the experience of a doctor going to my supervisor and asking that I be taken off a particular patient’s case. I asked my supervisor if I could discuss this directly with the doctor because I wanted to know from her what was wrong. I asked the doctor if there was something in my care of the patient that she felt needed improvement. It turned out that there had been a miscommunication about scheduling, and the doctor wanted the patient to have continuity in their nursing care. Once I understood that it wasn’t personal, I was relieved, and the doctor and I went on to work well together for several years.
     
  • If it were a one-time occurrence, I would assume he or she was having a bad day. There was one doctor in the last hospital where I worked, who was always rude to the nurses. In fact, he was rude to most of the hospital staff. I talked to my supervisor, and he let me know that it wasn’t just me, that this doctor was going through some personal difficulties which were affecting his ability to perform properly at work. As it turned out, the doctor was able to take a leave, and when he returned, he was much easier to get along with.
     
  • There was one doctor in a medical group where I worked for several years who always seemed to go out of his way to be rude to me. He wasn’t really kind to the other nurses, but I felt that he singled me out. I brought the issue to my supervisor, who tried to find out if the doctor felt that I wasn’t doing my job. Everyone else at the facility was pleased with my job performance, so my supervisor re-arranged my schedule enabling to spend more time working with other doctors. 

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