This question is challenging you on how strong of a Critical Care Nurse you are. Are you confident in your professional choices? Think of a situation that you had to make a tough decision, stuck with it and the outcome was either positive or negative. If there was a negative outcome, be sure to let the interviewer know that you learned from that outcome and what you are doing so it doesn't happen again.
"A risky decision I made was waiting out an IV med to see if it would improve the patients health. I closely monitored the patient annotating and updating the physician when needed. The next morning the patient started showing signs of improvement and ended up going home later that week."
First things first- research the hospital. Know their culture, population and why you want to work for them.
"My ideal job would be within a hospital with a positive work environment. A hospital that fosters training and embraces a team environment."
This question is a great way to strike up a casual conversation with the interviewer- you may both belong to the same organization! As a Critical Care Nurse you know that some of the benefits include advanced education, wellness, research, and educational scholarships.
"I belong to the ENA (Emergency Nurses Association). I've found that being a member of an organization is a great way to network."
The first interview isn't the time to ask about salary or time off. The interviewer wants to see if you have an intelligent question to ask that will help you further understand the position that you are applying for.
"If I were to get this job, what would you need me to do within the first 30 days?"
You should always go into an interview planning on working for that company over the long term. Realizing that it costs a lot of money and takes a lot of time to find quality nurses you want to assure the interviewer that you'll be there for the long haul. The future is unpredictable, so answer yes to this question.
"I do see this as a long term position. I look forward to growing with the company and being in a leadership position down the road."
This question is to test your stamina and flexibility. Can you function during night operating hours? Will your brain shut down after the hours of nursing you will be expected to do? Tell the interviewer that reasonable breaks will be necessary in order to effectively do your job without errors. If you've worked the night shift before let them know this, especially if you held a lead position on that shift. Tell the interviewer how that went and what the outcome was.
Think about positive traits others use to describe you. Focus on the characteristics that are most valued in the workplace. Explain why your coworkers think you have these traits or an experience that shows off these characteristics. Prepare three examples that you can use in your interview. These examples can also be applied when talking about your strengths, another potential interview question.
"My coworkers would say that I'm easy to work with because I have a positive attitude even when I have a heavy workload."
Never answer this question with a quick- no questions here! Take the time to ask the interviewer some direct questions. Ask to clarify the role you are interviewing for, ask if shift work is involved or what a typical day is like in that hospital. By asking questions you are showing the interviewer that you are interested in the position and want to know more.
"Why do you enjoy working here?"
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.
"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."
Review the job description before the interview to help you highlight accomplishments that are relevant to the expectations. One way to show off your skills is to talk about your accomplishments from school or work. Talking about a successful project you put together with a team or how you excelled in your internship are great examples of that speak to why any sensible employer would want to hire you.
As a Critical Care Nurse you may run into a situation where you are challenged by another medical professional. When you are certain you are right, you stand your ground, present the facts and encourage feedback. Everyone can make mistakes, even the most educated medical professionals. When answering this question be sure to let the interviewer know that when questioned by the doctor you gave them the same respect you would give any other colleague.
As a Critical Care Nurse, your communication style should be effective. For this answer you will want to tell the interviewer how you communicate as a Nurse as well as an employee. As a Critical Care Nurse you must communicate with patients to gain information, convey critical information and make important decisions. Without effective communication skills you may cause detrimental effects to your clients. As a team player your communication style should be direct, honest and collaborative. Share a situation where you had effective communication and what the outcome was.
"My communication style in both my professional life and personal life is to be factual and honest. I've found that this achieves the most effective results."
As a Critical Care Nurse you know that you have to be a good follower in order to be a good leader. Tell the interviewer about the characteristics you possess as a good leader. Do you listen and empower your co-workers when working within a multi-disciplinary team? Is your work ethic and integrity one that other's strive to learn? Tell the interviewer about a time that you led your team to success. Do you have a past supervisor that can validate your leadership capabilities? Leave that letter of recommendation in the hands of the interviewer at the end of the interview.
This is the time to sell yourself and show the interviewer that you set yourself apart from the rest. Be prepared to discuss three different strengths that you can show off in the workplace. Think of the traits that make you good at your job. Reflect back on the top qualities you feel make the best Critical Care Nurse. Being positive, detail oriented and empathetic are all strengths worth sharing. Next, talk about how you use this strength in the workplace. Your positive attitude keeps you and your co-workers in a good mood all day. Being detail oriented is crucial when calculating medication dosages. Whatever your strength may be, link it back to how it positively impacts your work environment.
This question can be your permission to be a little silly and share something unique about yourself. It's always important to make that great first impression or make an impact that the interviewer will remember you. Sharing a short story with the interviewer that had something to do with the job position would be a plus, but not necessary. Whatever you share, make it positive and not too personal. Don't share details about your night out with the girls last weekend. Here's a sample answer: "Last week I started volunteering at our local animal shelter. I was able to help 6 dogs and 2 cats get adopted. I don't have a pet of my own so I've really enjoy the time that I spend there."
"Last week I started volunteering at our local animal shelter. I was able to help 6 dogs and 2 cats get adopted. I don't have a pet of my own so I've really enjoy the time that I spend there."
If you are unemployed you'll be on their doorstep in the morning! If you are still employed, show that you are respectful of your employer by saying, "I'd love to start immediately, but I need to give my two weeks notice." This shows you care about your work and that you're not the type of person who would quit as soon as something better comes your way.
"I'd love to start immediately, but I need to give my two weeks notice."
This question could be a way for you to practice your negotiation skills. If you are applying to other hospitals be sure to say so. Word travels fast when hiring managers are calling around to find out more about you. Be sure to tell the interviewer why you chose to apply for their position and why you would like this job over the others that you have applied to. Don't discuss who pays more but who can offer more opportunity and would be the best fit for you. Here's a sample answer: "I have applied to two other hospitals in the area. The reason I applied to this position is because the position is for a Lead Critical Care Nurse. I have 5 years experience so I'm ready for the challenge."
"I have applied to two other hospitals in the area. The reason I applied to this position is because the position is for a Lead Critical Care Nurse. I have 5 years experience so I'm ready for the challenge."
Now is your time to brag a little, assuming you made a good impression at your last job. Keep that letter of recommendation in your back pocket so the interviewer can follow up and learn more about your role and accomplishments in your last position.
"My last supervisor would say that I was dependable, hard working and empathetic."
When answering this question share something you have done that has helped you in your personal and professional life. You can share tools and tips you are applying to your life that have helped you to be more effective at your job. Feel free to share a weakness that you are working on and how making this improvement has helped you so far.
"I've learned to slow down, manage my stress and not take small things for granted."
They will love you when you bring a dozen homemade cupcakes in on your first day but how will you know that they will like and respect you next week? Tell the interviewer about your characteristics that your co-workers admire that earns their respect. Hard working, team player, always on time and that you got the extra mile for your patients.
Your resume shows that you possess the skills to do the job, now the interviewer wants to see if you can work well with others. Tell the interviewer about a few of the characteristics you possess that will come in handy while working on a team. Do you follow or lead well? Do you keep the team organized? Are you the one that always seems to make others smile?
"I do work well within the team. I'm often shift lead because of my critical thinking and organizational skills. I don't have any problems delegating work, keeping a team on schedule and following up with people in order to accomplish a goal."
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.