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Critical Care Nurse Interview

29 Critical Care Nurse Interview Questions

By: Heather Douglass

Question 1 of 29
Do you participate in any outreach or volunteer work?
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How to Answer
Although being a community volunteer is not a requirement for employment, willingness to give of your time and resources to others without compensation shows the interviewer that you have a sincere desire to serve others. If you have volunteered, share a positive experience you had as a volunteer. If you have not volunteered, it is not necessary to embellish your answer. Stating that you have not volunteered previously is not going to disqualify you from employment.

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Question 2 of 29
Has there ever been a time when you received negative feedback, and how did you handle it?
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Receiving negative feedback can be discouraging, but it doesn't have to be something that leaves you feeling incapable of doing your job. The important thing to remember when answering this question is don't talk negatively about the person who gave you the feedback. Rather state what was said and how you grew from the event.

Question 3 of 29
Working in the ICU can be very stressful. What are some ways you manage stress on the job?
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Providing care for critically ill patients is inherently stressful. Each shift presents what could be a life or death situation. A hiring official needs to know that you can handle stress. Moreover, how you handle it, speaks volume. In a critical care nursing interview, be prepared to provide examples of how stress impacts you.

Question 4 of 29
Nurses at our facility often work on rotation. Are you willing to work, nights, weekends, holidays, or overtime if needed?
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Being flexible with the schedule you are willing to work is always a plus. However, many people work more than one job or have a one parent home which requires them to have a flexible schedule. Others simply prefer to work one shift rather than another. Being upfront with the interviewer about what schedule suits your preference could help prevent conflict later on. It is easier to plan a schedule you can agree on than it is to fix problems that arise due to fear of being rejected. Be honest and direct.

Question 5 of 29
Have you ever considered relocation? If so, what area would you be willing to travel to?
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While relocation may not be a determining factor for employment, larger companies almost always ask this question. The important thing to remember is, if you are 100% confident that you are willing to relocate, answer yes. However, if there is any hesitation, there are ways to answer this question without an emphatic NO.

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Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
Darby Faubion
Darby Faubion has been a Nurse and Allied Health Educator for over twenty years. She has clinical experience in several specialty areas including pediatrics, medical-surgical, critical care, and hospice. She has assisted in developing curriculum for nursing programs and has instructed nursing students at both the community college and university levels. Darby's passion is nursing education. She has used that passion as her driving force to become a test-taking strategist and prep coach. She has coached nursing graduates across the United States as they have prepared to take and pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX). In addition to her role as a healthcare educator, Darby also authors a blog that is devoted to helping victims of domestic violence learn how to recover and live a life free from abuse. She is also a contributing author to online sources of continuing education for nurses and healthcare associates.
First written on: 11/04/2014
Last modified on: 11/21/2018

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About Critical Care Nurse

January 7th, 2019

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.