Entry-Level Nursing Interview Questions

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Kelly Burlison is an experienced healthcare and quality measurement professional with experience interviewing in the healthcare field focusing on IT.

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How would you handle a situation where a patient disagrees with you?

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Entry-Level Nursing Interview Questions & Answers

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  1. 1.

    How would you handle a situation where a patient disagrees with you?

  2. 2.

    In your opinion, what are the three most important qualities a nurse should possess?

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    Most nursing positions are not your typical nine-to-five jobs. Tell me about your willingness to work non-traditional hours.

  4. 4.

    Do you have any hobbies or interests?

  5. 5.

    Why do you think you are a great fit for our hospital?

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    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.

  7. 7.

    What routines or tools do you use to keep yourself accountable at work?

  8. 8.

    On a scale of 1-10, please rate your communication effectiveness and explain why.

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    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.

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    What do you feel is your strongest clinical skill, and why?

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    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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    Nurses experience vast diversity when caring for patients. How do you deal with different perspectives and philosophies in the workplace?

  13. 13.

    What nursing organizations do you belong to and why did you choose them?

  14. 14.

    Can you tell us your top three considerations when choosing a possible employer?

  15. 15.

    Do you have any questions for our team?

  16. 16.

    Which nursing theorist do you align most with?

  17. 17.

    What value can you add to our team in terms of personal attributes, education, and skills?

  18. 18.

    Aside from your clinical rotations, tell me about your experience caring for patients.

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    What inspired you to pursue a career in the nursing field?

  20. 20.

    Describe one of your weaknesses?

  21. 21.

    What was your favorite clinical rotation during nursing school?

  22. 22.

    Describe one of your strengths?

  23. 23.

    Where would you like to be in five years professionally?

  24. 24.

    Why do you think that you are a great fit for our organization?

  25. 25.

    For 18 years in a row, the Gallop poll has rated nurses the highest in honor and ethics. What does integrity mean to you?

  26. 26.

    What was the most challenging part of your nursing education?

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    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.

  28. 28.

    How do you see yourself interacting with physicians, who sometimes can be demanding and difficult to work with?

  29. 29.

    Who influenced you the most in your life?

  30. 30.

    Where would you like to be in five years personally?

  31. 31.

    How do you maintain confidentiality in the workplace?

  32. 32.

    Because nursing is a very challenging career, many nurses face burnout. How will you prevent becoming burned out?

  33. 33.

    Describe your strongest non-clinical skill that will be most beneficial to you in your nursing career.

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    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.

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    Where do you see yourself in your nursing career in ten years?