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Licensed Practical Nurse Mock Interview

To help you prepare for your Licensed Practical Nurse interview, here are 30 interview questions and answer examples.

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Have you ever received negative feedback from a supervisor? If so, how did you handle it?

How to Answer

Receiving negative feedback can be discouraging, but it doesn't have to be something that leaves you feeling incapable of doing your job. Discuss a time when you received criticism or feedback and discuss what you did to pivot. When you answer, avoid speaking negatively about the person who gave you the feedback or seeming as though you are tough to manage.

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List of 30 Licensed Practical Nurse Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1.

    Have you ever received negative feedback from a supervisor? If so, how did you handle it?

      How to Answer

      Receiving negative feedback can be discouraging, but it doesn't have to be something that leaves you feeling incapable of doing your job. Discuss a time when you received criticism or feedback and discuss what you did to pivot. When you answer, avoid speaking negatively about the person who gave you the feedback or seeming as though you are tough to manage.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I remember when I first began my career as an LPN, I thought I had to do everything for everyone. I ended up taking on too many tasks and falling behind with my assignments. One of my supervisors told me that a patient had complained because I seemed too rushed. I was so embarrassed because I didn't want anyone to feel like I couldn't do my job or that I didn't care about them. I apologized to the supervisor and my patient and explained that I had taken on some extra assignments, but that I didn't mean to make her feel neglected. When I apologized, the patient agreed to let me continue caring for her. I learned from that experience that it's ok to want to give more, but that I should not stretch myself too thin and risk compromising the best patient care."

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      Entry Level

      "I am sure that the longer I work in the healthcare industry, the better I will learn that receiving negative feedback is not always a 'negative' thing. I once received a negative rating on one of my evaluations while earning my LPN certification. It was a disheartening experience because I pride myself on doing good work. I scheduled a time to sit and talk with my supervisor and understand his point of view concerning the negative rating and made a plan of action to improve on the issue."

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      Experienced

      "I once received negative feedback when I was working the ER. My patient's mother was distraught that her child did not receive treatment as quickly as she thought was necessary. She complained to my supervisor that I was not doing my job. After talking with the supervisor, I asked if I could spend some extra time with the patient and his mother so that she could experience the good care that we give. Fear and uncertainty are often reasons that people will lash out on their nursing staff. Sometimes a gentle word and a touch of extra attention are all that one needs to help relieve a stressful situation and diffuse conflict."

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  • 2.

    How do you plan to continually grow as a Licensed Practical Nurse?

      How to Answer

      You have a certification or degree; however, it doesn't mean that you stop learning. Discuss your plans to take professional courses, obtain new certifications, or focus on professional growth. You may also want to mention a class or volunteer position to highlight your commitment to continual development.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I am so happy to have completed my LPN certification; however, I am not done. I recently enrolled in a weekend course through the American Heart Association that will allow me to teach CPR classes at the local middle school on my days off."

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      Entry Level

      "I will never stop learning and believe that, especially in the healthcare industry, one must stay up to date on new trends and discoveries. I plan to continually grow as an LPN by taking monthly courses on a variety of related topics. If there are any courses you recommend, I would be happy to hear your recommendations."

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      Experienced

      "I grow as a Licensed Practical Nurse by reading medical journals every day. I am also interested in taking additional coursework related to pediatric oncology. Education is important to me, and I will never stop learning."

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  • 3.

    How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?

      How to Answer

      Be authentic when answering this question, but do avoid sounding cynical or begrudged. If you choose to give an example, be sure it allows you to demonstrate your ability to handle criticism with style. Do not use specific names, as the healthcare industry is tight-knit!

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      1st Answer Example

      "It is never easy to be criticized or to receive unfavorable feedback. However, I believe that I can learn from each experience and constructively move forward. For example, a physician recently mentioned to me that my notes in the database were not as detailed as she would prefer. I had to take a minute and breathe because I spent extra time on those notes and felt frustrated by the feedback. However, I knew this physician could be tough to please, so I asked her to show me exactly how she preferred the notes in the system so that next time, as a team, we could be more efficient."

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      Entry Level

      "I am newer to my career as an LPN, and with that information, sometimes comes additional critiques from physicians. I take every critique as a learning opportunity. I am thankful for any feedback that helps me to become a better healthcare provider."

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      Experienced

      "My reaction depends on how the criticism is delivered. If given in the sense of constructive feedback, I am thankful for the learning opportunity. If the feedback comes to me as rude or unforgiving, that can be tough to swallow. I am always prepared to defend my work as an LPN because I know it's good, but I would never be unprofessional to save face."

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  • 4.

    As a Licensed Practical Nurse, what is one of your weaknesses and what action steps are you taking to improve?

      How to Answer

      This question is probably one of the most dreaded queries in a job interview. Answering this question requires self-evaluation and honesty. Remember, whatever weakness you decide to share, make sure it is not a fundamental characteristic needed to perform your job as an LPN.

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  • 5.

    If you were the LPN in a clinic and your 15 yr old patient asked you to withhold the results of a positive urine drug screen from her parents, how would you respond?

      How to Answer

      Recent polls of adolescent patients (under the age of 18) have shown a tendency not to seek medical care or treatment if that care cannot be independent of a parent or guardian. Among those patients polled, many of them stated that there were specific topics that they do not want their parents to know about. These topics include sexual activity, presence or treatment of STDs, and alcohol or drug abuse. Many polled said that they would prefer to have no treatment at all if notification of their parents was required.

      As an LPN, some of your patients will be younger than the legal age of consent for treatment. Knowing the law and how it affects what information you can or cannot provide is crucial. The interviewer wants to see that you are not only familiar with the laws in your region, but that you can explain legal issues to your patients in a way that they understand.

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  • 6.

    If you suspected that one of your co-workers was abusing drugs, how would you handle the situation?

      How to Answer

      Working in healthcare is stressful, and even healthcare professionals are not exempt from developing addiction issues and unhealthy coping mechanisms. Statistics show that there has been an increase of healthcare providers who abuse prescription drugs or illegal substances. Unfortunately, this trend creates more strain on the healthcare providers who do not abuse drugs. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of identifying signs of drug abuse and that you will make professional decisions to ensure the safety of your patients and the healthcare team.

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  • 7.

    What is something that you think people may not know or understand about LPNs that you would like for them to know?

      How to Answer

      Many people know what nurses do, but unless they are members of the nursing industry, they may not understand the differences in the roles of LPNs and RNs. One thing that is important to remember when answering this is to make your answer positive. If you miss using the proper wording, you could appear to devalue the LPN role in comparison to the RN role. The interviewer wants to know that you can appreciate the value of your position as a Licensed Practical Nurse.

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  • 8.

    What would you do if a patient complained to you about one of your coworker's conduct toward him/her?

      How to Answer

      This question aims to test your knowledge of internal procedures used within healthcare establishments. While the exact protocol may vary depending on where you're applying, there are general rules that should be followed by all healthcare providers, no matter which facility you work within. It is essential to explain that all complaints must be handled thoughtfully and directed to the appropriate authority. Emphasize that patient concerns should never go ignored.

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  • 9.

    Has there ever been a time when you felt at risk on the job? If so, how did you handle the situation?

      How to Answer

      Healthcare providers work with risks daily. This risk includes exposure to illness, injury from lifting heavy patients or equipment, or injury by a patient who is angry or aggressive. For LPNs who work with patients suffering from addictions, this risk is increased, especially during the detox period when patients are agitated and feel more 'on edge.' The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of handling a stressful, potentially threatening situation. Remember to spotlight your professionalism and training as a healthcare professional.

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  • 10.

    If the Registered Nurse on your unit told you that they had prepared a Rocephin injection, but now has an emergency to attend to and asked you to administer the dose, how would you respond?

      How to Answer

      One of the first rules of medication administration is that you should not administer any medication that you did not prepare yourself. Unfortunately, many new or inexperienced nurses are sometimes left feeling that if someone in a supervisory position requests this, they should comply. The interviewer wants to know that you are willing to protect the patient, yourself, and do what is right, even if it means declining a supervisor's request for you to perform a job.

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  • 11.

    Nursing can be very demanding at times. How do you prioritize when multiple patients seem to demand your attention at once?

      How to Answer

      Working in any medical unit or clinic comes with times where the task load is crazy. During these times, nurses are often the glue that holds everything together, ensuring everything runs smoothly. Talk about how you prioritize multiple patients or tasks, putting a spotlight on your problem-solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.

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  • 12.

    As a Licensed Practical Nurse, what motivates you to do a good job?

      How to Answer

      The hiring authority is asking you to highlight your most positive attributes. Avoid giving a vague, generic response, which tells the interviewer very little about you. Instead, use this question as an opportunity to provide the interviewer with insight into your character, using real-life examples where possible.

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    Do you find it easy to gain the trust of others? As an LPN, what are some things you do to earn the trust of others?

      How to Answer

      Having a career in healthcare requires you to establish trust between yourself, your patients, their family members, and even your coworkers. The interviewer wants to know that you have an understanding of the importance of establishing trust and how you approach building this trust.

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    In addition to providing care to ill patients, and LPN must attend to stressed-out family members. How do you approach offering support to family members?

      How to Answer

      It is natural for family members to be afraid and experience anxiety when a loved one is under medical care. Communicating your compassion and knack for comforting others will show the interviewer how well-rounded you are as a nursing professional. Describe your approach to overall care and compassion.

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    Have you ever witnessed a coworker put a patient in jeopardy? If so, how did you handle the situation?

      How to Answer

      If you have ever faced a situation that resulted in the potential firing of a co-worker, you know how terrible it can be. A situation where you have to make a judgment call can be stressful; however, nurses are bound by law to protect patients and co-workers by reporting anything unlawful, inappropriate, or dangerous. The interviewer wants to know that you are capable of identifying and reporting a non-compliant situation if needed.

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  • 16.

    What made you choose a career as a Licensed Practical Nurse?

      How to Answer

      Questions like this are usually one of the first that an interviewer will ask. This question is an attempt to get to know you and to see how passionate you are about your career choice. One important thing to remember is, although income may have been one reason for choosing this career, avoid making money your primary focus in your answer. If you must mention salary, do not appear to have chosen this field only because of the income. Nursing is a field of caring for others, and that is what the interviewer wants to hear.

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    During a shift change, the nurse you are replacing tells you to expect the narcotics count to be off because it was off when they began their shift. How would you handle this situation?

      How to Answer

      State and federal guidelines mandate accurate record-keeping of medications. No matter where you work as a Licensed Practical Nurse, part of the daily routine includes narcotics counts at the beginning and end of each shift. The interviewer wants to know that you understand the importance of accurate record-keeping and that you will handle any discrepancies within the legal guidelines.

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    Give me an example of one of the most difficult things you've faced as an LPN, and how you handled it.

      How to Answer

      Licensed Practical Nurses are responsible for the majority of the 'hands-on' nursing care provided to patients. While RNs provide care, the 'hands-on' nursing care that does not require an RN goes to the LPN when possible. Knowing this, the interviewer is aware that many challenging situations may fall in the hands of the LPN.

      Be sure to share a personal experience and example, but remember only to use information that will not risk compromising the integrity of a patient's right to privacy. Be sure to deliver your answer using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

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    What is your favorite aspect about being a Licensed Practical Nurse?

      How to Answer

      It is common for candidates to fret over open-ended questions like this. Where do you begin, and where do you end? With all of the career choices out there, the interviewer is interested in what truly makes you love your job. For this reason, it's essential to provide an honest and heartfelt response. You can share a personal experience or story that made you choose a career in nursing.

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  • 20.

    Have you ever considered going back to school to further your LPN certificate into a degree?

      How to Answer

      One of the great things about working in the nursing field is that there are few limits to the number of specialties you can explore. Also, obtaining a higher degree in a healthcare specialty allows many nurses to pursue their dreams of higher education without sacrificing their love for their chosen field.

      The interviewer may ask this for more than one reason. Some employers offer incentives for employees who qualify to go back to school. Other employers like to know what your educational goals are. This way, they can place you in a position of mutual benefit, allowing you to pursue your most meaningful career goals. It is important to remember that there is no right or wrong answer to this question. If you desire to remain an LPN and gain knowledge related to being a Licensed Practical Nurse, that is more than okay!

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  • 21.

    Give me an example of a workplace challenge you encountered, and how you handled it.

      How to Answer

      As a Licensed Practical Nurse, you will face various workplace challenges that test your critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Tell the interviewer about a situation you faced and how you handled it. Burnout, co-worker issues, communication problems, or not feeling respected in your role may be a few issues you could bring up. Think of your example and be sure to deliver it using the STAR method (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

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  • 22.

    Being a Licensed Practical Nurse can be very stressful. What are some ways you manage stress on the job?

      How to Answer

      As you likely know, providing care to sick individuals can be very stressful. Each shift presents what could be a life or death situation. The hiring official needs to know that you can handle stress. Moreover, how you deal with stressful situations speaks volumes. In an LPN interview, be prepared to provide examples of how stress impacts you.

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    If a patient were to tell you that they do not agree with a doctor's orders or diagnosis, how would you respond?

      How to Answer

      With a potentially controversial situation like this, it is okay to have an opinion. However, it is always best to keep your delivery professional and as neutral as possible. Feeding into a patient's feelings of negativity could cause a bigger problem in the end. Remember, as an LPN; you should always listen to a patient's concerns and then direct your thoughts to the appropriate person in a supervisory position. This type of question gives the interviewer a chance to see how you may handle conflict in the workplace.

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    If you were responsible for hiring, what qualities would you look for in a nursing candidate, and do you think you possess those qualities?

      How to Answer

      First, the interviewer wants to know what qualities you think are essential to perform the job of a licensed practical nurse. Second, your answer will tell the interviewer if you hold yourself to the same standard as you do others. If you want to see specific characteristics in your co-workers, you should be able to tell the interviewer with confidence that you possess those traits, as well.

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    Have you ever had a patient be combative toward you? If so, how did you handle the situation?

      How to Answer

      Unfortunately, there are times when a patient may be more challenging to care for than others. As a licensed practical nurse, you understand that aggressive or abusive patient behavior likely stems from a medical problem, a mental health problem, an emotional issue, or a combination of all these factors. The interviewer wants to know that, when faced with this type of situation, you will be able to maintain your composure and handle the incident as a professional licensed practical nurse. If possible, tell a brief story of a time when you faced this situation. Be sure to use the STAR method when giving your example (Situation, Task, Action, Result).

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  • 26.

    Do you have experience working with peers from diverse backgrounds?

      How to Answer

      In an industry as large as healthcare, diversity among peers is inevitable. It is crucial to learn how to work with a diverse group of people. Some people are intimidated when faced with learning new cultures and beliefs, but in the healthcare industry, it is an essential factor in providing adequate care. The interviewer wants to know that you are open to meeting and learning about new people and becoming an integral part of their diverse team. Be positive and enthusiastic in your response.

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    What is your greatest hesitation when it comes to your work as a Licensed Practical Nurse?

      How to Answer

      We all have factors that make us second guess our wor from time to time. Recognizing those fears is the first step in overcoming them. This question is an opportunity for the interviewer to get to know you on a personal level. Being willing to talk openly and vulnerably showcases the fact that you are self-aware, which is an incredible quality to have as a healthcare professional.

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    If you discovered that a coworker was violating patient privacy by discussing information outside of the care team, how would you respond?

      How to Answer

      In most areas of the world, there are laws in place protecting patient privacy. In the USA, we often refer to HIPAA, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, which has been in place since 1996. Anyone who works in the healthcare industry is required to understand and follow the regulations in place by HIPAA. Failure to do so can result in loss of employment and possible criminal charges. The interviewer wants to see that you know your role in protecting a patient's privacy and that you will make wise decisions if you feel a patient's confidentiality was compromised.

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  • 29.

    Are you willing to work nights, weekends, holidays, or overtime if needed?

      How to Answer

      Being flexible with your time is always a plus for any hiring authority. However, many people have personal situations that require them to have a do-able schedule. Some LPNs prefer to work one regular shift, knowing what to expect daily. Be upfront with the interviewer regarding the hours that suit your preference. This honest approach will help prevent scheduling conflicts down the road.

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  • 30.

    As an experienced LPN, what would you say to someone who is just now beginning a career in the nursing field?

      How to Answer

      The old saying 'Hindsight is 20/20' is something many people say is true. This question allows you to show how you have grown in the field of healthcare and what kind of wisdom you may pass on to someone who is coming into this career after you. Let your enthusiasm for your work as an LPN shine!

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