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Top 25 Critical Care Nurse Interview Questions
1. What was the most traumatizing injury you have witnessed in the ICU before? How did you handle it?
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List of Critical Care Nurse Interview Questions
  1. What was the most traumatizing injury you have witnessed in the ICU before? How did you handle it?
  2. How do you handle stressful situations?
  3. If your shift ends at 3 p.m. and your replacement hasn't arrived by 3:15 p.m., what do you do?
  4. Why do you want to work for us?
  5. What qualities do you have that make you successful?
  6. What questions do you have for us?
  7. What would your co-workers say about you?
  8. Are you available for shift work?
  9. Do you see this as a long term position?
  10. Do you have any questions for us?
  11. What nursing organizations do you belong to?
  12. What is your ideal hospital to work for?
  13. Why should we hire you?
  14. Tell me about a time when you had to defend yourself to a doctor, what was your reason and what was the outcome?
  15. Do you work well within a team?
  16. Being a new nurse is usually difficult, how would you gain your teammates respect?
  17. What have you done in the last year to improve yourself?
  18. What would your last supervisor say about you?
  19. What other hospitals have you applied to?
  20. When can you start working?
  21. Tell me something about yourself that I wouldn't read on your resume.
  22. What are your strengths?
  23. Do you consider yourself a leader?
  24. What is your communication style?
  25. What is the riskiest decision you've made? What was the outcome?
Contributing Author
Heather Douglass
HR Specialist/Recruiter
Critical Care Nurse Information
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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