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Nursing Interview Questions

Below are sample interview questions for your field. In preparing for your interview, you should also review typical Nursinginterview questions asked of all majors, thoroughly research the organization, dress professionally, and visit the interviewing skills section of the SU Career Center’s website. You can practice your interview skills online via Quinncia or schedule a mock interview with a Career Center staff member.

Below are sample Nursing interview questions

-What type of nursing experience do you have?
-Where did you get your training and what certifications do you have?
-How long has it been since you worked in (ER, OR, ICU, or particular specialty area)?
-What are your greatest strengths and weaknesses?
-Why did you choose (ER, OR, ICU, LTC, FNP, or other specialty area of nursing)?
-Why do you want to work in our hospital and/or community?
-Tell me about a time in which you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker, or patient. How did you handle it and what were the results?
-Describe a difficult decision you've made and the process you went through to reach that decision.
-Why makes you right for this job?
-What nursing organizations do you belong to?
-What made you choose nursing as a career?
-How has your training prepared you for a nursing career?
-What interests you about working here?
-Do you have any professional affiliations?
-What do you do to keep current with medical findings and practices?
-How do you handle stress on the job?
-How would you deal with a doctor who was rude?
-How would you handle a patient who constantly complains about pain?
-How would you handle a patient who complains about everything?
-How would you handle a family who is displeased with your patient's care?
-What do you feel you contribute to your patients?
-What do you find difficult about being a nurse?
-What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?
-What would you do if your replacement didn't arrive?
-Would you become a doctor if you had the opportunity?
-Would you describe yourself as organized?
-Are you a self motivator?
-Do you prefer to work alone, or as part of a team?

Nursing Behavioral Questions: 

You're sure the instructions you've received from management are a mistake, not in the company's best interests. What do you do to warn management of the your concerns, and how do you deal with your instructions, until you can get them modified?

ANSWER-You contact your immediate manager, and inform that person of your concerns, with whatever information you have to best support your case. Otherwise, you're obliged to carry out your instructions, and should do so.

Your supervisor has told you to drop everything, and concentrate on something you don’t think is important, or even necessary. Do you put up with it, or try to get your more important work done, and deal with this matter afterwards?

ANSWER-This is an instruction, like it or not. It's best to deal with the matter immediately, get it finished, and try to minimize disruption to the more important things. Even in theory, and even if you're right, you're making a mistake by re-prioritizing management's instructions.

You're getting distracted by extra work and meetings, and it's generating a backlog of work for you. How do you cope with it?

ANSWER-You may not be able to avoid these things, so it's safest to establish a separate chain of processes for dealing with your normal work, where you can make time and space to ensure that work is done. You can either delegate, or ask to have delegated, some of the work, but it has to be kept moving. Backlogs are destructive, and should be prevented at all costs.

You get two difficult clients at the same time, both demanding your attention. What do you do?

ANSWER-You get briefings from both clients. You set times for dealing with their matters, then you prioritize one or the other. You make sure that each client is attended to as quickly as possible, and reschedule other work as required.

Your database crashes, and you have to work on some sort of improvised system for receipts, while also collecting the data. What do you do?

ANSWER-You set up a paper receipt system and get your data into a paper form which can be easily used for data entry when the system comes back online. You take copies of all paper issued and received. You create a reference system for each document, preferably numerical, associating each receipt with its related document.

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