Clinical Nurse Specialist Mock Interview

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

"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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25 Clinical Nurse Specialist Interview Questions & Answers

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

  • 2. Are you applying for any other jobs?

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

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

  • 5. How do you deal with uncomfortable situations?

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

  • 7. Who would you say inspires you?

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

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

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

  • 11. Have you obtained prescriptive authority?

  • 12. What are some highlights of your internship?

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

  • 14. Would people say that you are compassionate?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • 22. What do you know about our hospital?

  • 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?

  • 24. What are your salary expectations?

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