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Entry-Level Nursing

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Kelly Burlison
Kelly Burlison, MPH, is an experienced professional with over ten years of experience interviewing in the health care field.
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What inspired you to pursue a career in the nursing field?
What was the most challenging part of your nursing education?
What was your favorite clinical rotation during nursing school?
Aside from your clinical rotations, tell me about your experience caring for patients.
Where do you see yourself in your nursing career in ten years?
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What do you feel is your strongest clinical skill, and why?
Describe your strongest non-clinical skill that will be most beneficial to you in your nursing career.
Our company sees patients in multiple specialty areas, and many times we ask our nurses to cross-train to different specialties. Tell me how you will approach a situation where you are asked to cross-train.
Nursing can be a high-stress, unpredictable, and fast-paced environment. Tell me about your previous experience working in such an environment and how it has prepared you for a career in nursing.
As an entry-level nurse, tell me how you will handle situations where more experienced nurses on your team may not be very welcoming or helpful to you.
Tell me how you will handle a situation where you are asked to perform a clinical procedure or task that is within your scope of work but you feel uncomfortable with.
How do you see yourself interacting with physicians, who sometimes can be demanding and difficult to work with?
Because nursing is a very challenging career, many nurses face burnout. How will you prevent from becoming burned out?
Most nursing positions are not your typical nine-to-five jobs. Tell me about your willingness to work non-traditional hours.
Nurses typically work long shifts, often working 12-hour days rather than the traditional 8-hour workday, and oftentimes are required to work overtime. Tell me why you think you are prepared for these long days.
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