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Top 25 Critical Care Nurse Interview Questions

Question 1 of 25
What was the most traumatizing injury you have witnessed in the ICU before? How did you handle it?
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Question 2 of 25
How do you handle stressful situations?
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"I have been told by my previous and current supervisor that I manage stress very well. Nursing can be a demanding position and I knew that before I committed to this career path. I stay calm by being an open communicator and keeping the end goal in mind."
Be sure to keep this answer positive and stay focused on the question. It is easy to get derailed and start talking about people or situations that irritate you. When answering this question keep calm and provide the facts.

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Question 3 of 25
If your shift ends at 3 p.m. and your replacement hasn't arrived by 3:15 p.m., what do you do?
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We've all had this happen to us. The interview is not the time to vent and talk about how this happened to you last week. Let the interviewer know that life happens and sometimes people are late. As a Critical Care Nurse the job never stops so you continue to care for your patients while you wait for turnover. Let the interviewer know that you would contact the charge nurse to inform them that your replacement wasn't there yet so that they could follow up. Tell the interviewer that you would request a follow up phone call with an update on the situation.
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Question 4 of 25
Why do you want to work for us?
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To impress the interviewer it will be important to do your research. Be knowledgeable about the hospital’s mission and how you can contribute to promoting it. Prove that you can be an asset by emphasizing your strengths and showing how they are admirable contributions for benefiting the organization. Incorporate your career goals to the interviewer and how they can be accomplished through their mission and organization.
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Question 5 of 25
What qualities do you have that make you successful?
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"My ability to effectively communicate with patients and staff members and having the ability to deal with stressful and traumatic situations makes me a successful Critical Care Nurse."
If you have a hard time answering this question think of a few things your co-workers compliment or thank you for. Use examples of how you possess these qualities in your nursing work experience.


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Question 6 of 25
What questions do you have for us?
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Question 7 of 25
What would your co-workers say about you?
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Question 8 of 25
Are you available for shift work?
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Question 9 of 25
Do you see this as a long term position?
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Question 10 of 25
Do you have any questions for us?
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Question 11 of 25
What nursing organizations do you belong to?
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Question 12 of 25
What is your ideal hospital to work for?
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Question 13 of 25
Why should we hire you?
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Question 14 of 25
Tell me about a time when you had to defend yourself to a doctor, what was your reason and what was the outcome?
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Question 15 of 25
Do you work well within a team?
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Question 16 of 25
Being a new nurse is usually difficult, how would you gain your teammates respect?
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Question 17 of 25
What have you done in the last year to improve yourself?
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Question 18 of 25
What would your last supervisor say about you?
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Question 19 of 25
What other hospitals have you applied to?
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Question 20 of 25
When can you start working?
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Question 21 of 25
Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't read on your resume.
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Question 22 of 25
What are your strengths?
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Question 23 of 25
Do you consider yourself a leader?
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Question 24 of 25
What is your communication style?
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Question 25 of 25
What is the riskiest decision you've made? What was the outcome?
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About Critical Care Nurse

April 9th, 2017

Critical care nursing is a specialty within nursing that deals specifically with human responses to life-threatening problems. A critical care nurse is a licensed Registered Nurse (RN) who is responsible for ensuring that acutely and critically ill patients and their families receive optimal care. As a Critical Care Nurse you will monitor your patients both at the bedside and through monitoring equipment.

As a Critical Care Nurse you practice in settings where patients require complex assessment, high-intensity therapies and interventions and continuous nursing vigilance. Many work in hospitals with intensive and critical care units. You rely on your knowledge, skills, and experience to provide care to patients and families and create environments that are healing, comforting , and caring. You have excellent communication skills as well as the ability to assess patients make decisions quickly.

A question you should be prepared to answer is your ability to deal with stressful situations. Tell the interviewer how you deal with loss in a fairly quick and healthy manner. Have a situational story in your back pocket to share if you are asked to give an example of your ability to make decisions in critical situations. Communication with patients’ loved ones is another important aspect of a critical care nurse. They are often the people most loved ones communicate with during these difficult times. You explain medical procedures and treatments, update loved ones on patients’ conditions, and at times even inform them of the worst.

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