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Top 30 Clinical Nurse Specialist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
Why did you choose a career as a Nurse Specialist?
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Question 2 of 30
How do you manage stress in your daily work?
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"Every morning we have a morning huddle for turnover. We discuss current patients, who we are expecting in and what everyone is working on. Our morning huddles help alleviate work stress by distributing the work evenly as best we can. It gives everyone a chance to hear what needs to be accomplished and work together."
"I'm a member of a running club in town. A few of the runners are medical professionals here in this hospital. Running gives us time to clear our heads and get fresh air each day."
We all experience stress on a daily basis...but how you relay this to the interviewer will say a lot about you. Steer clear away from the time that you lost your cool and raised your voice- we all have days like that but now is not the time to bring it up. Tell the interviewer how you manage your work stress and don't take it home with you, as well as not bringing your home stress to work. Here's a sample answer: "Every morning we have a morning huddle for turnover. We discuss current patients, who we are expecting in and what everyone is working on. Our morning huddles help alleviate work stress by distributing the work evenly as best we can. It gives everyone a chance to hear what needs to be accomplished and work together."
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Question 3 of 30
Why do you want to help people?
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"One summer I witnessed a vehicle accident. I surprised myself how calm and comforting I was during the emergency. The patient I comforted while we were waiting for the emergency crew kept stating how grateful he was to just have me there with him. I knew after that moment that I wanted to go to school to become a nurse."
"I don't think there are enough professionals out there to take care of the sick and unwell I want to give back and help others."
A lot like trying to narrow down who your favorite music artist is...this question can be difficult to answer. Think back to the whole reason you decided to go to nursing school. Did someone close to you encourage you to become a nurse? Did you play nurse while a child with your baby dolls? Let your sincerity and honesty answer this question. It takes a special kind of person to want to help others....show them that is you. Here's a sample answer: "One summer I witnessed a vehicle accident. I surprised myself how calm and comforting I was during the emergency. The patient I comforted while we were waiting for the emergency crew kept stating how grateful he was to just have me there with him. I knew after that moment that I wanted to go to school to become a nurse."
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Question 4 of 30
Describe what you feel to be an ideal work environment.
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"My ideal work environment would be one where others work well together, help one another, encourage and empower one another."
"An ideal work environment for me is one that is encouraging and positive."
People are the happiest and most productive working in an environment that best fits them. Are you productive when others around you are as well? Teamwork is vital to being successful as a Clinical Nurse. Talking about the energy, positivity and helpfulness the staff shows on a daily basis would be a great way to answer this question. Here's a sample answer: "My ideal work environment would be one where others work well together, help one another, encourage and empower one another."
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Question 5 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 6 of 30
Describe a time when you made a suggestion to improve the work in your organization.
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Question 7 of 30
How do you manage a large workload?
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Question 8 of 30
Tell me about a time when you made a mistake with a patient. What happened and how did you correct it?
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Question 9 of 30
Describe a time that you have read a piece of research then implemented the findings into your workplace.
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Question 10 of 30
How would you mentor a new nurse?
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Question 11 of 30
What are your interests outside of work?
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Question 12 of 30
Who is your mentor?
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Question 13 of 30
What do you know about our facility?
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Question 14 of 30
How did you learn about this position?
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Question 15 of 30
Are you a detailed oriented person?
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Question 16 of 30
What have you done to further your own professional development in the past 5 years.
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Question 17 of 30
Recall a situation or relationship which suffered from poor communication. What happened and how did you resolve it?
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Question 18 of 30
What steps have you taken with an uncooperative patient?
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Question 19 of 30
When did you realize you are comfortable making tough decisions in regards to a patients care?
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Question 20 of 30
What do you like most about being a Nurse Specialist?
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Question 21 of 30
What do you like least about being a Nurse Specialist?
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Question 22 of 30
What training did you find most enjoyable?
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Question 23 of 30
Why did you apply to our health care facility?
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Question 24 of 30
How have you prepared for this specialization in nursing?
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Question 25 of 30
Tell me about a stressful clinical situation and how you handled it.
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Question 26 of 30
What is your relationship with your physicians?
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Question 27 of 30
Would people say that you are compassionate?
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Question 28 of 30
How many scheduled days did you miss during the last three months you worked?
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Question 29 of 30
What is your favorite type of patient?
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Question 30 of 30
How do you feel about supervising others and their work?
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About Clinical Nurse Specialist

February 1st, 2017

A Clinical Nurse Specialist is an advanced-practice expert who provides patient care and consultation services for a variety of health care areas. These Clinical Nurses may specialize in oncology, pediatrics, geriatrics, psychiatric/mental health, adult health, acute/critical care, and community health programs. In addition to working in speciality areas, Clinical Nurse Specialists engage in teaching, mentoring, consulting and research for their fellow colleges and patients.

Clinical Nurse Specialist candidates are registered nurses who have a master’s or doctoral level degree. As a Clinical Nurse Specialist be prepared to take on a lead role. Candidates will be expected to not only serve as a mentor to other nursing professionals but serve as a consultant to other nurses and multidisciplinary health care team members. Candidates will also demonstrate professional leadership by taking an active role in the formulation and implementation of policies at the community, state and national levels.

When preparing for your interview you'll need to be able to speak to the specialized experience in your resume. Make sure you've done your homework on the facility and how you will fit into the team. Clinical Nurse Specialists are known to hold leadership roles based on their years of experience. Did your team win awards or get recognized for its accomplishments? If you are an experienced supervisor let the interviewer know how you led your team to its success.

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