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Top 30 Nurse Anesthetist Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
As a nurse anesthetist, you have many employment options. Why did you apply to our health care facility?
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Question 2 of 30
Describe your role as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).
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The interviewer would like to see that you fully understand your role as a Nurse Anesthetist. Briefly, describe what are the most important details of your role as a nurse anesthetist. Feel free to share a story that highlights your experience as a Nurse Anesthtist.

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"The role of a nurse anesthetist is broad and diverse. I see my role as being an educator, and a life-long student; continually increasing my knowledge and expertise. I see my role as critical to the success of any procedure because I monitor anesthesia levels so the patient is safe and not experiencing pain. Anesthesia is an area which can cause a great deal of anxiety for patients, particularly the elderly. This means that an important part of my position is listening to patients, and trying to reduce their anxiety."
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Question 3 of 30
What do you enjoy most about being a Registered Nurse Anesthetist (RNA)?
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The interviewer would like to know what drives you to do a great job at work every day - even on the toughest of days! Your answer should reflect your genuine passion and enthusiasm for what you do.

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"I enjoy the high degree of autonomy and professional respect RNA's command. The role carries a high degree of responsibility but the work is very gratifying. I also enjoy the additional responsibilities of research and being an educator - contributing to the development of students in a clinical setting brings a great deal of satisfaction."
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Question 4 of 30
What do you dislike most about being a Nurse Anesthetist?
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The interviewer wants to understand what you dislike about your profession. Your answer will also help the interviewer know how to motivate you on the toughest work days. Make sure to complete your answer on a positive note as you do not want to sound like you are complaining about your job.

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"The unpredictable and variable work schedule can make it difficult to manage work-life balance and personal commitments. Although this is a challenge, the pro's outweigh the con's because I find my career to be incredibly fulfilling."
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Question 5 of 30
Walk me through your career as a Nurse Anesthetist.
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The interviewer would like to fully understand your career path so far. Take a few minutes to bring your resume to life for them. Highlight your education and other specific achievements.

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Question 6 of 30
Tell me about the continuing education you’ve completed since finishing your Nursing degree.
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Question 7 of 30
Why did you choose the field of anesthesia instead of other advanced practice fields?
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Question 8 of 30
Tell me about your greatest work related accomplishment.
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Question 9 of 30
When you suffer a setback, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?
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Question 10 of 30
What are your salary expectations?
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Question 11 of 30
How do you handle communicating bad news to a fellow worker or subordinate?
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Question 12 of 30
On a scale from 1 to 10, how honest are you?
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Question 13 of 30
Give me a specific example of a time when you were unable to complete a project on time.
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Question 14 of 30
How would your co-workers describe you?
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Question 15 of 30
Why did you become a Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CNA)?
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Question 16 of 30
Why are you the best Nurse Anesthetist for us?
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Question 17 of 30
What type of situations cause you the most stress? How do you handle that stress?
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Question 18 of 30
As a nurse anesthetist, ethics are incredibly important. Provide an example of when your ethics were tested.
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Question 19 of 30
As a nurse anesthetist, how do you maintain your own moral compass?
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Question 20 of 30
What aspect of being a nurse gives you the most satisfaction?
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Question 21 of 30
As a nurse anesthetist it's very important to manage your time well. How do you ensure you are always on task?
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Question 22 of 30
What do you know about our health care facility?
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Question 23 of 30
Talk to me about Digoxin and how it works.
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Question 24 of 30
In your opinion, what are appropriate interventions for cardiogenic shock?
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Question 25 of 30
In your professional opinion, what is normal intracranial pressure (ICP)?
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Question 26 of 30
To your knowledge, what increases intracranial pressure (ICP)?
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Question 27 of 30
What is the first thing you would do if you saw a patient with second degree, type 2 heart block with low blood pressure?
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Question 28 of 30
What are the differences between first degree, second degree type 1, and second degree type 2 heart block?
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Question 29 of 30
Describe the techniques you have used to manage patient airway or pulmonary status.
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Question 30 of 30
What questions do you have for me?
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About Nurse Anesthetist

October 25th, 2017

As a Nurse Anesthetist, you administer anesthesia during surgical, therapeutic, diagnostic, and obstetric procedures, perform epidural, spinal, or nerve blocks, provide care before, during, and after anesthesia, examine patients’ medical histories for allergies or illnesses to ensure safe provision of pain management, discuss any contraindications or side effects of anesthesia with patients and monitor vital signs during medical procedures. You provide anesthetics to patients in a wide range of settings, from operation theaters to trauma care and obstetrical delivery rooms. Depending on the setting and your specialty area, you may work in collaboration with surgeons, podiatrists, obstetricians, and other medical professionals.

As a Nurse Anesthetist, you have completed basic education necessary to become a registered nurse. You have at least one-year work experience as an RN in an acute care setting, after completing a 2 to 3-year nurse anesthetist graduate program. You have completed approximately 2,500 clinical hours and administered 850 anesthetics before obtaining your certification. Your knowledge of medicine and aesthetic applications is a vital requirement in this role. You are skilled at observation, problem-solving, communication, and have great interpersonal skills.

When interviewing, be prepared to highlight your knowledge, skills, and aptitude. You will be responsible for patients' lives in this role and employers will want to make 100% sure that you are the right candidate for the job. Have references available to leave with the interviewer that can speak to your work ethic and work history.

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