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We look favorably on volunteer work. How do you give back to your community?

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Did you know that 82% of hiring managers give preference to candidates with volunteer experience? Show that you can spend time giving back the community, in any way, big or small! Be sure to give examples that are more recent. A hiring manager will not care that you volunteered for your sons t-ball club fifteen years ago.

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25 Clinical Nurse Specialist Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. We look favorably on volunteer work. How do you give back to your community?

      How to Answer

      Did you know that 82% of hiring managers give preference to candidates with volunteer experience? Show that you can spend time giving back the community, in any way, big or small! Be sure to give examples that are more recent. A hiring manager will not care that you volunteered for your sons t-ball club fifteen years ago.

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      Entry Level

      "I recently completed my nursing internship at the local women's health care center. They asked me if I would volunteer one Saturday per month after I am fully certified, and I happily agreed."

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      1st Answer Example

      "I believe that it's my responsibility to give back to the community by offering free nursing services to programs in need such as the local drop-in center and the women's center. I have volunteered twice per month for the last two years. It's gratifying to contribute to the health of others."

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      Experienced

      "Volunteering is so important! I spend one day per week working as a volunteer nurse for the children's hospital, as a baby cuddler! I help to cuddle and feed the newborns in ICU. They need the contact of another person to thrive. This is often the best part of my week!"

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  • 2. Are you applying for any other jobs?

      How to Answer

      It always puts a little bit of fire under the hiring manager if they are aware that you are actively looking for a new position. Tell the interviewer about your search so far.

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      Entry Level

      "I am a recent graduate and am interested in making a move as soon as possible; however, I need to ensure that my next career move is one that aligns well with my career goals and desire for a healthy workplace culture."

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      "I am keeping an eye out for viable positions. Although I am not in final stages with any other hospital, I am actively seeking a new position."

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      Experienced

      "I am looking for a job that will provide me as much value as I am looking to contribute to an organization, so yes, I am in the process of exploring opportunities at companies that appeal to me."

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  • 3. A nurse must have high integrity. When have you shown great integrity at work?

      How to Answer

      Integrity is best displayed through honesty and consistent moral values. Talk to the interviewer about the way(s) that you show your integrity in the workplace.

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      Entry Level

      "Honesty and integrity are two values at the center of my being. I like to think I practice this in the workplace by always doing the right thing by the hospital for which I work, my colleagues, and my patients."

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      1st Answer Example

      "I have never had a complaint or a discrepancy, in the four years that I have worked as a nurse. I best show my integrity by being a consistently reliable healthcare professional."

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      Experienced

      "I show integrity every day at work by being my true self. The "me" that you see at work is the "me" that my family and friends get. I am an honest and genuine person."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe integrity is one of my strengths. I am honest and open towards my work which provides me positive energy and courage."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      I recommend digging into this answer further and treating it as a 'tell me about a time when...' type of question. Think of a story the describes a time when you showed integrity and then deliver the story-example using the STAR framework.

  • 4. How many days were you absent from work last year?

      How to Answer

      A part of being a diligent health care practitioner is to ensure that you are always on time and present when expected. It's great to even be 10 minutes early rather than just showing up right on the dot. Talk to the interviewer about your attendance.

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      Entry Level

      "I cannot recall the exact number, but I think it was around three days total. All absences were excused and with notice."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I didn't take any sick leave last year, but I have taken unpaid parental leave to care for my child during the COVID-19 crisis."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      The interviewer should be happy to know that you are reliable and present when expected. You may want to consider giving a qualifying statement at the end of your response. I have provided an example below.

      "Last year, I did not take any sick leave. I have taken unpaid parental leave for childcare due to covid. I consider myself a very reliable individual, and you can count on me to be present at work and on time."

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  • 5. How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?

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      Often, our work environment holds the possibility for awkward or tense situations, especially in the field of healthcare. It can be challenging to know how to respond when you have a fellow nurse who is moody, or when your attending physician lacks social skills and is a brief communicator. The interviewer wants to know that you can keep your cool in situations like these.

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      "I try to avoid conflict, but I have a high tolerance for discomfort. I've learned to try to let the people in question sort it out, but have no problem rolling up my sleeves and diving in to help mediate the problem."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Uncomfortable situations don't upset me because I fully understand that any work environment always has the possibility of conflict tense situations. It can be challenging when your colleagues are not interacting or not communicating. If an uncomfortable situation arises, I tend to face it being open and honest but tactfully."

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      You sound very confident in your ability to handle uncomfortable situations! If you'd like to elevate your response from 'telling' to 'showing AND telling,' I recommend adding a story-based example in the end. I have provided a starter for you below.

      "Uncomfortable situations don't upset me because I fully understand that any work environment has the possibility of conflict or tense situations at times. It can be challenging when colleagues are not interacting or communicating properly. If an uncomfortable situation arises, I tend to face it being open and honest but tactful. One example of my ability to deal with discomfort is when...(give a brief story-based example using STAR)."

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  • 6. How do you get along with your fellow nurses and physicians?

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      The interviewer wants to gauge if you can maintain healthy relationships in the workplace. They want to know more about the dynamics with your coworkers. Think about what you enjoyed about some of your relationships with past coworkers. Excellent communication, sense of humor, and support are all great qualities that make co-worker relationships healthy and harmonious.

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      Entry Level

      "I can work with pretty much anyone. If we don't see eye to eye, I will work to find common ground."

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      "I enjoy the people I work with and can get along with co-workers. I try t maintain a positive attitude within the team. I pay attention and spend time listening and speaking to my team members. I will work to find common ground."

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      These are all terrific ways to build rapport and maintain good relationships with coworkers. If you'd like to elevate your response from 'telling' to 'showing AND telling,' I recommend adding a story-based example in the end. I have provided a starter for you below.

      "I enjoy the people I work with and can get along with most co-workers. I do this by maintaining a positive attitude for my team. I pay attention to my co-workers and spend time listening to them speak. I also work to find common ground. One example of my relationship-building skills is when...(give a brief story-based example using STAR)."

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  • 7. Who would you say inspires you?

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      This question is something that you should have an answer ready for at all times. Perhaps you look up to a parent who was a hard worker, or a teacher who encouraged you to become who you are today. Whomever this inspiring person may be, remember that the interviewer is looking for a heartfelt response.

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      Entry Level

      "Many industry leaders inspire me, but I would have to say that my greatest inspiration comes from my mother who always taught me to stay focused and goal oriented, no matter the obstacles that come my way. This way of thinking has greatly attributed to my success."

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  • 8. Have you progressed in your nursing career as you have expected?

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      Career progression can be a touchy subject, especially if you feel that your career hasn't progressed as well as you would have liked. Talk to the interviewer about your career progression and what you would like to see in the future.

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      Entry Level

      "I am pleased with the progress of my nursing career. I am proud of my accomplishments and the path my education has taken me."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am pleased with my career and experience, but due to a lack of work-life balance and the NHS financial crisis, I didn't have the opportunity to grow and learn as I would have liked. However, I have bounced back nicely, and I feel that this particular position would take me in the right direction."

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      It's good that you have bounced back from the roadblocks that you faced! This shows that you have determination and grit. It would be great to include details regarding the actions you took to get yourself back on track. I have provided a suggestion for you below.

      "I am pleased with my career and my experiences so far. I have faced roadblocks such as managing work/life balance and financial crisis; however, these challenges did not throw me off course for long. To overcome these difficulties, I (discuss the actions you took to stay on track). Through these experiences, I learned important lessons (such as?), and I grew as an individual and professional. I am proud to say that I bounced back nicely and am excited that this particular position will take my career exactly where I have pictured it to be."

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  • 9. When a patient suffers a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

      How to Answer

      Every health care professional handles the stress and disappointment of patient setbacks differently. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace.

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      Entry Level

      "Setbacks can be trying, for the patient and all involved. I remind myself to keep a positive outlook and to remain focused because that is what the patient needs most from me in times like that."

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  • 10. How do you like to be recognized for your nursing accomplishments?

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      We all like to be recognized in some way for our accomplishments in the workplace. Share with the interviewer how you would want to be known for your hard work. Public recognition? Kind words? Title promotions?

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      Entry Level

      "I am very simple. I do not really require any formal recognition, but kind words from my coworkers and superiors will keep me motivated and working hard."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "It feels so great to know that my hard work is not only noticed but appreciated and commented on with kind words from co-workers and superiors. That's what keeps me motivated."

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Wonderful! The details you provide the interviewer will help them to understand how you operate and the type of work environment you appreciate.

      "It feels so great to know that my hard work is appreciated. Kind words from co-workers and superiors will keep me motivated and performing at my best."

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  • 11. Have you obtained prescriptive authority?

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      It is highly recommended that clinical nurse specialists obtain prescriptive authority. Not only does this strengthen you as a health care professional, but it also benefits your patients! This is a simple yes and no answer; however, if you do not currently have prescriptive authority you should discuss your interest in gaining this credential.

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      Entry Level

      "I have not yet obtained prescriptive authority; however I plan to apply once I complete my pharmacology courses. This opportunity should come in the next two months."

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  • 12. What are some highlights of your internship?

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      You likely have a long list of experiences worth sharing! After logging your internship hours, you have learned about treating everything from broken bones to infectious diseases. Stick to a couple of notable highlights to avoid rambling on in your answer. Make sure they are memorable so that you become a candidate not quickly forgotten!

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      Entry Level

      "My most powerful experience during my internship was working with the pediatric oncology unit. I had worked with cancer patients in the past, but never with children and this rotation sparked my passion for oncology care and research. I left that rotation knowing that I wanted to work in hospitals for the rest of my career. This experience lit a spark in me."

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  • 13. Describe a recent issue you had with a doctor or co-worker's decision. How did you handle it?

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      You won't always agree with the decisions of other professionals at your facility. That's a reality of being a nurse; however, your response is far more important than your opinion in those situations. If you argue or put up a fuss, you're not helping the case. When the doctor decides what they believe is best, taking a step down and following orders might indeed be your best option.

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      Entry Level

      "While I was completing the intern hours I worked under a veteran nurse who had quite an unpleasant disposition. I didn't feel that I had the power to say anything to her so I spent my time ensuring that her attitude didn't rub off on me, and I also made sure to give extra smiles to her patients so they would feel cared for."

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  • 14. Would people say that you are compassionate?

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      Do you encourage others, show kindness and respect to others? Then you are a compassionate person! One of the best qualities to have as a CNS is to be kind and caring. It's important to let the interviewer know that your compassion isn't turned on and off like a switch. Your kindness spills into your daily routine and to those around you. Show the interviewer that you are a genuine and caring person in your personal life as well as at work by sharing a quick, and applicable, story.

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      Entry Level

      "As a clinical nurse specialist, I show compassion to my patients but also their family members. I want everyone to know they are good care with me, and when my compassion overflows to the family, everyone feels more at ease."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "Yes, my patients and colleagues have often commented on my level of compassion. It is easy to become hardened after long service in the medical field; however, I choose to smile during the day and care for my patients with kind words. As a result, I have noticed a remarkable change in their health."

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      It's a great idea to include a patient story at the end! If you'd like to return to this question with your story example, I can provide more feedback :)

      "Yes, my patients and colleagues have often commented on my level of compassion. It is easy to become hardened after serving in the medical field for an extended time. However, I choose to smile during the day and offer my patients kind words. I have noticed a remarkable change in their health and their impression of our services through these actions. One example of my compassionate nature was when...(give a brief story-based example using STAR)."

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  • 15. Which automated medical records software are you trained in? Rate your technical abilities from 1-10.

      How to Answer

      A clinical nurse specialist should be tech savvy and able to pick up new medical records software quickly. You should also be at least an intermediate skill level when it comes to typing, data entry, and creating word documents. Rate your skill level and list the types of programs and software in which you are best versed.

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      Entry Level

      "My technical abilities are sound, and I pick up new systems very quickly. For that reason, I would rate myself as an 8.5/10. In addition to having used Azalea Health, a cloud-based EHR, I am also a certified in Microsoft Office."

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  • 16. What type of medical equipment are you best versed in?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know the type of equipment that you have spent the most time with. Your answer will allow them to gauge if you would be prepared to train other nurses on the use of the equipment or use the devices with minor levels of supervision. You can rate your skills from 1-10 or application language such as beginner, intermediate, advanced, and expert. If specific types of equipment are mentioned in the job posting or job description, be sure to say those as well.

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      Entry Level

      "I have approximately two years experience with suction devices, and nebulizers, as requested in your job posting. If I could choose one area of specialty, I would say that I am advanced with EEG and IV devices."

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  • 17. We are looking for a CNS with exceptional leadership skills. Tell me about your leadership qualities.

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      The interviewer would like to know what you consider to be strong leadership qualities. When describing leadership qualities, try to avoid general terms and give some unique ideas.

      A great leader is someone who people naturally want to follow. They have exceptional interpersonal skills and the ability to build relationships with nearly any personality type. A respected leader will take ownership of their mistakes and will always lead their team by example. True leaders see the importance of motivating others and recognizing even the smallest achievements. Which of these qualities do you most identify with?

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      Entry Level

      "My leadership skills are best summed as enthusiastic, knowledge-based, adaptable, and open. A leader wants to nurture others to their fullest potential, and that is something I have enjoyed since childhood. I love to be seen as an example to follow and help guide others to bettering themselves and their careers."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I lead by example and lead from the front showing respect to everyone regardless of their position or title. I like to recognize people's achievements and celebrate their wins, which hopefully motivates them to continue. I am approachable, knowledgeable, and professional. With this and my positive and proactive attitude, I hope to benefit both the patients and staff."

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      Your leadership qualities sound wonderful! Leading from the front, showing respect, and recognizing achievements are the best ways to maintain momentum and motivation. Well done!

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  • 18. Would you say you are a better verbal or written communicator?

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      A clinical nurse specialist must be highly skilled in both written, and verbal, communication. In which manner do you prefer to communicate - written or oral? Discuss your preference with the interviewer and support your answer.

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      Entry Level

      "I do not lean one way or another when it comes to verbal or written communication. Both are equally important to me. If I have to choose just one, I will choose written communication as one can always look back on written communication for reference."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am comfortable with both. It depends on the occasion and urgency of the message."

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      Great! To further strengthen your answer, go into more detail about your abilities to communicate both verbally and through the written word. There's an old workplace adage when it comes to communication, 'Message sent is message received.' As a clinical nurse specialist, your communication skills could be a matter of life or death. So how do you ensure your communication, in all forms, is thorough and is sending the message you want received?

      "I am very thorough with both. If it is written communication, I am very thorough, choose my words carefully, and proof my work for any errors. I never pass on written communications unless I am sure it sends the message I want. When it comes to verbal communication, I make sure everything they say adds up to a communal understanding. That is why I frequently repeat it once I am certain they understand, confirming we’re on the same page, or often ask them to repeat it back to me. I think mirroring is a very useful technique in this regard."

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  • 19. In which states are you registered to work as a clinical nurse specialist?

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      A clinical nurse specialist must be registered with their appropriate state. Assure the interviewer that you are registered and legally able to operate as a CNS in the state which you are interviewing. Your answer should remain simple. If you have supporting documentation, bring this with you.

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      "I am currently awaiting final approval of licensure through the State of Texas. I will have proof of this registration within the week."

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  • 20. Do you have a Master's Degree or a Post-Master's Certificate? If so, what is your area of specialty?

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      The interviewer would like a short overview of your post-secondary education. There is no need to go into significant depth when answering this question; however, you should include a bit about your GPA, any special awards or accolades you may have received. Include your specialty if that is applicable information.

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      Entry Level

      "This past year I completed my Post-Master's Certificate, with a focus on Gerontological Critical Care, from Columbia College. I graduated with a 3.82 GPA and was top of the class in most of my coursework."

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  • 21. Have you had the opportunity to teach an important skill to a co-worker?

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      Interviewers want to hear that you have experience teaching or mentoring other employees one-on-one. This could include registered nurses or junior hospital staff.

      You may have taught a new hire all of your department's standard processes. Perhaps you taught a long-standing employee how to use a newly implemented medical records software. All of these scenarios are great examples to draw on. Better yet, if you have personally seen someone struggling with workplace skills or knowledge, approached them, and offered to mentor them, it is a shining example of leadership!

      Whatever your scenario may be, tell the interviewer what you helped the person with, while highlighting the positive outcome of their skills improvement.

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      Entry Level

      "I'm proud to say that, even without any official management capacity, I often seize the opportunity to teach others at work. Not only have I helped contribute to the training of a new medical software system, but I have also been able to take a couple of interns under my wing this year. It's fun to teach others, especially since I am always seeking out learning opportunities for myself. It's nice to give back or pay it forward."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "During my career, I had many opportunities to mentoring students and guiding newly qualified staffs on the ward. I have been teaching and supervising skills like dressing, ECG, catheters cannulation etc.; again, I have taken the lead in teaching lateral flow covid test in our department for staffs members on our unit, which I really enjoyed."

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      Terrific! It sounds like you have many leadership skills and a history of taking the reigns when opportunities to lead and mentor arise. To strengthen your response, I recommend adding a specific story-based example at the end. I have included a starter for you below.

      "Throughout my career, I have had many opportunities to mentor students and guide newly qualified staff members in the ward. I have taught skills and supervised activities such as dressing, ECG, catheters, cannulation, and more. I have taken the lead in teaching lateral flow covid tests in our department for staff members on our unit, which I really enjoyed. Recently, I had the opportunity to teach a co-worker to...(provide a story-based example using the STAR framework)."

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  • 22. What do you know about our hospital?

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      When the interviewer asks this question, they are trying to gauge how prepared you are, and your level of interest in the position. An employer wants to know you are enthusiastic about their organization.

      Express how keen you are by doing your research on the hospital's history, values, goals, and by examining their culture and what makes them unique. To really impress the interviewer, pay special attention to their online reviews, employee reviews, special mentions in the news, or community involvement.

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      Entry Level

      "Your facility came highly recommended to me as a potential employer when I was completing my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing. Since that time, I have always had an eye on your facility for new openings. I have met a few nurses from your hospital, and they say the workplace culture here is very collaborative and positive."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am very familiar with your hospital since my husband started working at this hospital. Because you are the top leader in this region with a variety of advanced services and teaching facility which inspired me, and you also have a strong reputation for patient support. I have kept an eye on opportunities here for quite some time. I am quite eager to continue building my career with your trust."

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      It's great that you are so familiar with the hospital and its offerings! I recommend beginning your response with your personal knowledge and thoughts, then perhaps jump into the fact that your husband also works there. This suggestion is based on two main reasons. First, you'll want the answer to remain focused on you (the interviewer may interject, 'Oh! Who is your husband?' and then the conversation can lose focus. Second, you will want to ensure no conflict of interest with this organization employing spouses (some have restrictions in place, and some do not). I have offered a suggestion for you below.

      "I am very familiar with (hospital name) and know that this facility is a top leader in this region, offering advanced services (Such as? Include details of these services to showcase your knowledge). I also understand that (hospital name) offers a teaching facility (Be sure to mention your perceived benefit). I feel inspired to work at (hospital name) because of its strong reputation for patient support. For instance, (provide a measurable example of patient support you have witnessed or learned of). Also, my husband is employed here, and he has said many positive things such as...(give a specific example of his positive feedback)."

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  • 23. As a CNS you will be on your feet most of the day, and often lifting patients. Are you able to meet the physical demands of this role?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer would like to know that you can handle the demanding physical requirements associated with nursing. Every day, you will need to lift patients, walk around the hospital, stand for long periods of time, move equipment and beds, and all with a smile on your face! Assure the interviewer that you are capable of meeting these physical demands.

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      Entry Level

      "Yes, I can certainly meet the physical demands of this role. There are no concerns on my part."

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      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have worked in a very busy environment for the past 21 years, and I really enjoy it. I understand the doctors' demands and I can meet all the physical demands as well and can sit when documenting patient notes. Taking this break helps me physically."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Good answer! It's clear that you are familiar with this job's physical demands, and you sound confident in your ability to meet these demands. Great idea to have a rest when you are documenting patient notes.

      "I have been working in very busy environments for the past 21 years, which I have really enjoyed. I fully understand the physical demands on me, and I can meet these demands, such as moving and handling patients. If I have the chance, I will sit down while documenting patient notes. This brief break is often beneficial on more physically demanding days."

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  • 24. What are your salary expectations?

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      Before your interview, make sure you have researched the median salary for the position (and location). You can look at salary reviews on Glassdoor.com or Payscale.com.

      Consider giving a salary range. Providing a range allows you to negotiate down the road if you are given an offer. However, if you just tell the employer you are looking for $50K it doesn't leave room for negotiating later on. Also, make sure the lowest number of your range is something you are comfortable with!

      Another great option is to tell the interviewer what you are currently earning and tell them that you are seeking a competitive offer.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "I am seeking a base salary of $70,000-75,000 per year which is in alignment with Clinical Nurse Specialists with under five years of experience."

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  • 25. Tell me about a time when you made a mistake with a patient. What happened and how did you correct it?

      How to Answer

      We are all human, and the interviewer is looking to see how you've handled past mistakes. Don't try to fool the interviewer by stating you've never made a mistake. Instead, indicate the error, how you corrected it and what you learned from it. Don't play the blame game. The interviewer is asking for your mistake, not a facility mistake.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level

      "Recently, I accidentally gave an incomplete report to the patients' physician. I learned a great deal about nursing reports while earning my Bachelor's Degree in Nursing; however, it's a different story and pace when you're actually on the floor. I was quite embarrassed, and luckily my error did not cause harm. I am extra diligent with my reports now!"

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