Nurse Job Interview Questions About Rude Doctors

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When preparing for an interview, it helps boost your confidence to review common questions that are asked during interviews for nursing jobs. That way, you can think through your best answers, and come up with examples that highlight your relevant qualifications and experiences.

How Would You Deal With a Rude Doctor?

Review 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 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 treat me badly, I would bring the question to my supervisor right away. If the doctor was displeased with me in some way, I would want to find out so 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 discussion improvement. It turned out that there had been a miscommunication about scheduling, and the doctor wanted the patient to have continuity in his 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 figure that she was just having a bad day. There was one doctor in the last hospital where I worked though, who was always rude to the nurses, in fact, to most of the hospital staff. I talked to my supervisor about it, and he let me know that it wasn’t just me, that this doctor was going through some personal difficulties which were affecting her ability to perform at work. As it turned out, the doctor was able to take a leave, and when she returned, she 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 like he was particularly unpleasant to me. I brought the issue to my supervisor, who tried to find out if the doctor felt that I wasn’t doing my job. Everyone was happy with my job performance, so my supervisor just re-assigned me to work more often with the other doctors.  

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