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— Tell me about your policies on domestic violence. How do you identify victims? How do you make them feel comfortable and safe? If you offer services and they don’t want them now, do you give them an emergency number to call?
— What’s the process when you suspect abuse of elders and children? How do you identify victims and then what do you do?
— How do you manage sexual assault cases?
— What do you do if you have a patient who doesn’t speak English? What language resources are available to you?
— Do you have technicians? Do they have competencies?
— Are all your nurses certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS)? How do they demonstrate competency in pediatrics?
— What is the procedure for educating prison guards about the hospital’s priorities for emergencies such as fire?
— Do you have critiques of your disaster drills?
— What’s the procedure for decontamination for biological or chemical hazards?
— How often are defibrillators checked?
— If you have a behavioral management patient and they need to use the bathroom, where do you take them?
Source: Cheryl Pinney, RN, BSN, MBA, Director of Emergency Services, Cheshire Medical Center, Keene, NH.