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Nurse Fellowship Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Nurse Fellowship interview, here are 35 interview questions and answer examples.

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Tell us how you would handle a situation during Nurse Fellowship training in which you are pressed for time and it would be easier for you to provide care to your patients if you did not follow established procedures and protocols.

Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

Procedures and protocols established for nursing professionals are in place to protect the patient, the nurse, and the facility, and they are not meant to be violated out of convenience. Violating such a procedure or protocol puts many individuals at risk, and nurses should always follow these guidelines to the best of their ability. The interviewers ask this question to determine if you understand the importance of established protocols and procedures and to hear that you will always follow them as you train in their Nurse Fellowship program, even in times when you are busy.

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35 Nurse Fellowship Interview Questions & Answers

  • 1. Tell us how you would handle a situation during Nurse Fellowship training in which you are pressed for time and it would be easier for you to provide care to your patients if you did not follow established procedures and protocols.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Procedures and protocols established for nursing professionals are in place to protect the patient, the nurse, and the facility, and they are not meant to be violated out of convenience. Violating such a procedure or protocol puts many individuals at risk, and nurses should always follow these guidelines to the best of their ability. The interviewers ask this question to determine if you understand the importance of established protocols and procedures and to hear that you will always follow them as you train in their Nurse Fellowship program, even in times when you are busy.

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      How to Answer

      To successfully answer this question, you should indicate that you would not sacrifice the quality of care you are providing by breaking protocols. You can provide a stronger answer to this question by talking about your personal experience with a similar situation during your nursing career.

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      1st Answer Example

      "I would never intentionally break protocols and procedures just because I am busy. My job as a nurse is to provide the best quality of care to my patients, and violating protocols that are in place to protect my patients would go against what I stand for as a nurse. I have been in situations like this before, and while I have seen my colleagues take shortcuts, especially with things like safety and infection prevention; however, I would never intentionally do so. Just last week, I was caring for multiple high-acuity patients, including one with a serious infectious disease. Even though I was busy and at times, overwhelmed, I always followed infection prevention protocols while caring for the patient with the ID, as I needed to protect her, myself, my coworkers, and the broader community."

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  • 2. Talk about a time where you had to handle an irate patient. How did you handle that situation and what were the results?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Registered Nurses often deal with patients and their family members during some of the most stressful and fearful times they'll experience. These stressful times can lead to emotional outbursts like rage or sadness. Your interviewers need to be assured that any nurse they bring into their Nurse Fellowship program will come with the ability to handle an angry patient in a respectful and nurturing manner, all while keeping the patient's best interest in mind.

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      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, think of a situation you have been in where you can clearly demonstrate your ability to diffuse a high-conflict situation. In dealing with someone who was angry, it is important to demonstrate your listening skills, problem-solving skills, and your ability to remain calm and collected to not escalate the situation.

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      1st Answer Example

      "During my time working in a busy pain clinic, we had a patient one day that was demanding more narcotics for their pain. They had walked into the clinic without an appointment to demand another prescription. As the only nurse in a small clinic that day, I sat the patient down to talk to them. I used a calm voice and listened to what they were asking for. After listening, I explained that I would need to check their records for their last prescription and speak with the attending physician in the clinic that day. After seeing that their last prescription was written many months ago and the patient had missed their last appointment, I was able to talk to the physician to get another prescription written. Once prescribed, I explained to the patient how it was important for them to keep their regularly scheduled appointments and they walked away happy."

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  • 3. During you career as a registered nurse, have you been open to participating on any project teams or other administrative projects?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      While the primary focus of a Registered Nurse is on patient care, administrative duties are often a part of the job. This is especially important if you are pursuing additional Nurse Fellowship training that puts you on a leadership path. In proposing a question like this, your interviewing team wants to ensure that you have the motivation to help the nursing field and patient care by participating in project work and representing the nursing team in administrative projects.

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      How to Answer

      To successfully answer this question, you should describe any administrative tasks or projects that you have worked on in the past. A stronger answer to this question would include an example of when you led or spearheaded an administrative project during your time working as a registered nurse. Also, make sure you understand the duties of the Nurse Fellowship you are interviewing for and discuss how the administrative side is important to your future work in that field of nursing.

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      1st Answer Example

      "Two years ago, when the company I was working for was undergoing their EHR upgrade, my manager put me in charge of ensuring that all clinicians, nurses, and staff on my unit were trained on the upgraded product. Since there were three separate required training classes--each offered at multiple times and dates--it was difficult to keep up with who had attended which session. I created a tracking spreadsheet in Excel with validations and dropdown boxes so I could easily visualize who had completed each training and who had not. I posted this spreadsheet on my unit's share drive so each employee could update it accordingly. Weekly, I would verify the information with the training office's records."

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  • 4. Talk about a time that you had to deal with a significant change in your work procedures or in your workplace. How did you handle that change?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The healthcare industry is in a constant state of change. Organizations merge, laws change, and new technology and processes emerge to better patient care. While you've likely had to handle this type of evolving environment during your entire career, the pursuit of advanced Nurse Fellowship training will provide an entirely new set of changes for you. The interviewers pose this question to hear that you can thrive in a new environment like theirs.

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      How to Answer

      To step into an unfamiliar Nurse Fellowship program and hit the ground running from the start, you need to be able to demonstrate that you can navigate change with ease in the workplace. This is your chance to talk in detail about a specific change you have dealt with in the workplace and had a positive outcome. In your answer, be sure to reiterate your ability to be flexible and open to change if you were fortunate enough to join this program.

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  • 5. What makes you the ideal candidate to join our Nurse Fellowship program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Often one of the final questions during your Nurse Fellowship interview, this is your final chance to sell yourself to the interviewers on why you are the best candidate to join their program. While any candidate can give a canned answer that they are a great nurse or motivated to succeed, they'll be looking for candidates to express their passion for this path of training in a unique way.

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      How to Answer

      This is a good question for you to have prepared, but not rehearsed. Answer in a way that highlights your skills and how they will benefit both the program you are interviewing for and your future career path. Also, you can discuss any personal traits that you feel put you above the competition for the position.

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  • 6. What professional nursing organizations do you belong to and which ones would you like to join in the future?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      You may or may not get this question posed to you in an interview, but not belonging to any is not the answer that your interviewer is looking to hear. Being that you are actively seeking additional training to better your career, your interviewers are looking to hear that you have been engaged in learning opportunities through at least one of the many nursing specific organizations (and their publications) and that you'll continue to do so in your time training with them and beyond.

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      How to Answer

      As you are likely aware, there is a wide array of nursing publications and organizations that you have access to as a Registered Nurse. Come to your interview prepared to discuss the professional organizations that you are a part of and talk about some of the benefits your membership has had. You can also openly elaborate on any training and development opportunities that you've participated in over the years because of your membership.

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  • 7. How will you approach coming into Nurse Fellowship onto a team of nurses who have been working together for quite some time, who have already solidified their working relationships, and who clinically, have a very specific way of doing things?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Starting as a new Nurse Fellow in a completely unfamiliar organization can be intimidating, but when a professional is joining a team that is already cohesive, it can be even more challenging. This can sometimes be even more complicated in clinical settings, where teams of nurses or other clinical professionals are so established that it can be difficult to break into. While looking for a great fit on their team, your interviewers want a candidate that builds rapport, trust, and respect quickly while also keeping the mood fun and hard-working.

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      How to Answer

      To successfully answer this question, you should indicate that you would be patient about being welcomed into the team community, but also suggest that you would strive to develop relationships with coworkers to make an effort in becoming a part of the team. A more successful answer would include an example of how you dealt with a similar situation coming into a new team during your nursing career.

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  • 8. Have you ever had a time where you were proud of your healthcare team? What role did you play in that effort?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      No matter what type of Nurse Fellowship training you are looking to pursue, you will be joining a new team that will be working towards lofty goals. By asking this question, your interviewers are ideally looking to hear that you would join their fellowship program with a sense of pride in the work that you do yourself and as part of a larger team.

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      How to Answer

      Prior to your interview, think of a time when you felt a sense of pride and accomplishment in a team effort during your time as a registered nurse. Try to paint a clear picture for your interviewers of what the situation was, who was involved in making it a great team effort, and what the ultimate outcome was. If you can relate your answer to a direct patient care situation, that is even better. In the end, make sure that your interviewer walks away knowing that you would take pride in what you do as a Nurse Fellow at their organization.

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  • 9. How do you approach the documentation of patient records? Do you have specific strategies that you use?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Documentation of clinical encounters in patient records is extremely important and much of this responsibility rests on the shoulders of the registered nurses. As you look to join a reputable Nurse Fellowship, documentation and record-keeping may go beyond patient charting. The interviewer is asking this question to determine how seriously you take accurate and timely documentation and other administrative duties and to see if you use any methods to improve efficiencies for documentation.

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      How to Answer

      To effectively answer this question, be prepared to talk about how you approach documentation from beginning to end and give examples of any strategies that you use to improve efficiency. If clinical encounters, medications, procedures, vital signs, and other information are not documented properly, unintended consequences could occur, some being dire. Also, if you've had other administrative duties that involved record-keeping, be sure to highlight those experiences for your team of interviewers.

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  • 10. Describe your typical relationship with the physicians you have worked with throughout your career. What would your ideal physician relationship be while training in our Nurse Fellowship program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As an experienced registered nurse looking to pursue additional training as a Nurse Fellow, you have had close working relationships with many physicians throughout your career. This question will enable you to showcase your relationship with the physicians that you have worked with and what your communication style would be with the provider staff at your Nurse Fellowship's institution.

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      How to Answer

      As a nurse, building trust with physicians is important, so some examples of how you've built that trust can be beneficial. To really seal this answer for your interviewer, describe what an ideal relationship with a physician would look like if you were to join their Nurse Fellowship program.

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  • 11. Tell me about a time in your nursing career when you made a big mistake. How did you handle the situation?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Mistakes in healthcare can be commonplace, and how a person providing direct patient care reacts is critical. This question is very important for your interviewers, not to learn about the candidate's past mistakes, but to learn if you are able to recognize your mistakes and how you will ultimately handle situations in which you make mistakes as a Nurse Fellow in their program.

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      How to Answer

      You should ideally be honest in answering this question and not be afraid to share information on the mistakes you have made. To successfully answer this question, you should provide an example of a mistake you have made in the past and tell the interviewer how you successfully mitigated the situation. A more successful answer to this question would include details of when you took a mistake you made and spearheaded a policy change or education program to ensure the same mistake was not made by your colleagues.

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  • 12. How do you respond to situations where new technology is introduced that significantly changes your work?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The interviewers are asking this question to determine how you will respond to changes in technology that will be part of joining an unfamiliar Nurse Fellowship program. Knowing that you likely have been exposed to many changes in technology throughout your career, they'll look to hear you talk positively about learning and mastering new technologies and maintaining a positive attitude for the changes that will come during your training in this program.

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      How to Answer

      To effectively answer this question, you should be honest about your technical skills, whether they are limited or advanced, and discuss the effort you will put forth to adapt to the new technology you will be exposed to as a new Nurse Fellow. A more successful answer to the question would include an example from your nursing career when you successfully adapted to new technology.

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  • 13. Nurse Fellowship training can be extremely stressful. What do you think your personality strengths are that will enable you to handle this stress well?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Nurses entering Nurse Fellowship training can often experience long, demanding, and sometimes exhausting shifts. Interviewers ask questions like this to allow the prospective job candidate to showcase the emotional and personality strengths that allow them to handle the toughest days of fellowship training.

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      How to Answer

      Your interviewers are ideally seeking a candidate with honesty, candor, and emotional/psychological resilience. They are not looking for a smooth and polished answer, but rather an authentic answer that is unique to you and illustrates your best qualities.

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  • 14. Describe a time you set a goal for yourself on the job and achieved it. What did you do to ensure that you met your goal?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Nurse Fellowship programs love candidates who set goals and accomplish them. The rationale for asking this question is to gain insight into how your mind works when problem-solving.

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      How to Answer

      This is a great time to showcase your problem-solving skills when faced with a personal goal. For example, if you lost weight and got in shape, the ideal answer would have the elements of being coachable, listening to guidance, developing a plan that was S-M-A-R-T, and perhaps reverse engineering your goal. This is not the time to say you bought meal replacement shakes and drank Red Bull all day to boost your metabolism or that you starved yourself. This is the time to outline the process and commitment that led to your success.

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  • 15. How would you handle a situation during Nurse Fellowship training where you disagreed with the team consensus on how to handle a situation?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Many times, nurses work in a team environment, but they remain responsible for working within the scope of their nurse duties. Interviewers at Nurse Fellowships certainly do not want a maverick individual who will butt heads with everyone, but they also do not want an individual who will be swayed by groupthink.

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      How to Answer

      The answer you provide should ideally be one that walks a fine line and showcases both a willingness to work as a team and a determination to independently do the right thing for your scope of practice and the patient. If you have a real-life scenario where you were challenged by a disagreement you had with your team, walk your interviewers through your thought process and how you reacted appropriately.

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  • 16. Throughout your career, how have you handled being asked to complete nursing tasks you had never done before?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      At the very heart of your pursuit of advanced Nurse Fellowship training, you are looking to grow and build new skills to help further your career in the field. Your interviewers know that you will join their program and face new and unfamiliar situations. This question allows them the chance to see how you will react when faced when new tasks and responsibilities during your time training with them.

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      How to Answer

      This is not the time to say that you would jump in with both feet. The interviewers are not looking for someone who just jumps when someone says jump, but someone willing to jump with confidence and competence. Your job is to provide an answer that illustrates this difference. Some key things to highlight could be your current set of nursing skills and asking for help when you feel you need it.

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  • 17. Describe a situation where it may be appropriate to use humor in the workplace when training as a Nurse Fellow.

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Sometimes, even on the toughest of days, direct patient care staff need to have humor and fun in the clinic or hospital setting to help keep things sane. This question allows your interviewers some insight into your personality and the type of team member you would be if you were to join their Nurse Fellowship program. They'll look to hear that you will always be conscientious of when you use humor and that you do so appropriately.

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      How to Answer

      There is a time for humor in the workplace for nursing staff, but it must be mindful. What people think is funny can vary wildly. If humor is used, it should be very mild and universal. It's a good policy to be kind, tolerant, professional, and compassionate with your patients. Certainly, laugh at a child's joke, if appropriate, and acknowledge a patient's attempt to be cheerful, but follow rather than lead with humor and only support, chuckle, or smile at anything that would be universally accepted as OK.

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  • 18. What kinds of review questions would you ask yourself after dealing with a difficult situation in Nurse Fellowship training?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Any Nurse Fellow wants to have positive and impactful shifts every day, but this is not a reality. Things happen, situations go awry, and it's important to reflect as an individual or a team and extract the lesson to learn how to be better. Your interviewers pose a question like this to gauge your ability to reflect and learn after you've faced a challenge.

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      How to Answer

      It's human nature to rationalize or justify and not face the difficult feelings or emotions of a situation gone bad. However, reflection is extremely important when training as a fellow. You want your time in Nurse Fellowship to be a learning and growing experience, so reiterate to your interviewers that you would take time to reflect on the situation, ask questions to your preceptors, and think of ways that you could help a situation like this improve in the future.

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  • 19. Who in your life has been the biggest mentor or inspiration to you?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewers want to gain some insight into the personalities and personal motivations of each candidate they talk to. This question allows your interviewers to see who influenced you to become the successful and motivated nurse that would be joining their Nurse Fellowship program.

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      How to Answer

      Your life's inspiration can come from a book, a mentor, your family, or a celebrity. Talk to the interviewers about who has inspired you and why. If possible, explain how this mentor or influence has inspired your choice to pursue a career as a registered nurse.

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  • 20. What is motivating you to pursue additional training in our Nurse Fellowship program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Due to the sheer competitiveness and the high number of applications, your interviewers will consider many great candidates for their Nurse Fellowship program. Who they select to ultimately join may come down to which candidate can express their best motivations for success in their program. This question allows them to gauge each candidate's motivation.

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      How to Answer

      Prior to your Nurse Fellowship interview, put some deep thought into what is motivating you to pursue this training. Where many candidates will simply talk about a career move, you'll ideally want to go a step further and passionately speak about your internal drive for that career move. If you can express why this is important to you, your patients, and the field in general, you just might win over your interviewers and land a coveted spot.

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  • 21. You see a nurse colleague pretend to give a narcotic to a patient while her back is turned to you. Then you see the medication in her pocket. What do you do?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Substance abuse is becoming more and more prevalent amongst healthcare providers and staff. Your interviewers want to know that you are aware of this fact and that you would be willing and ready to step in when you witness it. Not doing so can put the patient, the staff, and the institution at major risk.

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      How to Answer

      In any situation that involves both the well-being of a patient and the program that you represent, it is your business to act accordingly. Assure your team of interviewers that you would immediately address the situation with the nurse and take the issue up the chain of command immediately. When training as a Nurse Fellow, you will be expected to uphold the highest degree of integrity.

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  • 22. What do you feel is your greatest non-medical strength you can bring to our Nurse Fellowship program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Outside of the nursing skills that you've been honing during your education and in practice, interpersonal soft skills are equally important to finding success in Nurse Fellowship training. In asking this question, your interviewers want to know that you have those soft skills as they look to consider you for their program.

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      How to Answer

      Your answer to this question could include soft skills such as empathy, charity, integrity, and consistency. Tell a brief anecdote that demonstrates why you find this strength important for your success in your career. Be sure that your answer is well thought out and speak with a passion to impress your team of interviewers.

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  • 23. What drove you to pursue a career in nursing?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Being passionate about nursing is essential for any nurse to be successful in their craft. This is even more true for those looking at advancing their career in pursuit of a Nurse Fellowship training program. Your team of interviewers wants candidates who are passionate and dedicated to the field of nursing and the subspecialty training that they are pursuing.

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      How to Answer

      This is a question in which you can shine by espousing the vision of nursing--directly caring for patients. Share why forming relationships with individual patients and families is necessary and meaningful to you and what drew you to serve patients. Explain how this Nurse Fellowship program will be driven by your passion and how that passion is motivating you to pursue this training.

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  • 24. What do you feel is your greatest nursing weakness, and how would you correct it during your time in our Nurse Fellowship program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      As your interviewers connect with and consider many great candidates for their Nurse Fellowship program, they know that every candidate has flaws. Your interviewers want to hear that you are cognizant of any shortcomings you have and are willing to do what is necessary to overcome those shortcomings.

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      How to Answer

      This is your chance to promote yourself despite your flaws. Your answer should point out a salvageable weakness; you should admit that you're imperfect but have the gumption to work on your weakness because you are committed to being the best nurse you can be. Explain that--if you didn't perform at your best--you'd feel as if you were failing your program and you would find that unacceptable.

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  • 25. What has been your biggest ethical challenge thus far in your nursing career?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      In the healthcare setting, working closely with patients for many years can pose ethical challenges for any nurse. Your interviewers want to know how you solved your biggest ethical problem in your career to get a sense of how you will behave ethically as part of their Nurse Fellowship program.

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      How to Answer

      This is not a trick question. Your answer should demonstrate that you know what is ethical and non-ethical and where you need to intervene in your work as a nurse. The relationship between nurses and their patients puts the patient first, but not at the expense of your own ethics. Explain that you will be an ethical and competent nurse as part of this Nurse Fellowship and leave no shadow of a doubt in your interviewers' minds as you answer.

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  • 26. Are there any specific things you would like to focus on learning during your time training in Nurse Fellowship?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      The motivations for pursuing advanced Nurse Fellowship training are almost endless, and your interviewers will be looking to gauge your motivation for pursuing fellowship training and some goals you are looking to obtain. This question allows them to hear one or two things that you are specifically looking to learn and take from your time training as a Nurse Fellow in their program.

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      How to Answer

      Come to your Nurse Fellowship interview prepared to describe one or two specific new skills or procedures you are looking to learn and master during your training. What you'll want to ensure is that you take the time to familiarize yourself with the program and the curriculum to be able to match your desires with what the training is offering.

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  • 27. Outside of your nursing career, what are your hobbies and interests?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Having hobbies and interests outside of work or school is an important part of maintaining a healthy work/life balance. Your interviewers will also want to get to know you a bit better as a person to gauge how you will fit culturally with their organization, their faculty, and your colleagues during training. They also want to know that you will have a healthy balance during your time training with them.

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      How to Answer

      Talk openly and honestly to the interviewers about the activities that interest you outside of the workplace. As you answer, talk about how these activities will be important in your life as a fellow in their program to help keep you happy, healthy, and refreshed during your training.

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  • 28. Take some time to walk us through your formal education to this point. How will your path help you succeed in training as a Nurse Fellow?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      If you are looking to enter Nurse Fellowship training after getting solid work experience as a registered nurse, this will may be your first opportunity to be a trainee again in quite some time. If you are a new graduate and looking to gain fellowship training before hitting the workforce, your educational path can prove your ability to be committed to your training. Either way, your interviewers are looking to hear that you have been committed to your nursing education to this point and will continue to be with their program.

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      How to Answer

      Simply walk your interviewers through your educational path in nursing. As you do that, talk about the highlights of your schooling and training up to this point in your career. Speak with passion as you discuss any awards or accolades you received along the way and ensure your interviewers walk away from your time together knowing that you would be committed to their Nurse Fellowship program.

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  • 29. If becoming a registered nurse was off the table as a career option for you, what career path would you have chosen outside of medicine?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewers want to get to know each candidate they are considering for their Nurse Fellowship program a bit better during the interview process. This hypothetical question will give the interviewers some insight into other topics that interest you outside of the medical field.

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      How to Answer

      There is no right or wrong answer, but be sure to think about questions like this before your Nurse Fellowship interview. As you answer, talk openly and honestly with your interviewers about where your career path would have ideally taken you if becoming a nurse wasn't an option. If you want to have some fun with your answer, don't hesitate to talk about a hypothetical alternative career path that shows more of who you are as a person.

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  • 30. How have you handled stressful workloads throughout your career and how will you manage the high amounts of day to day stress that are a part of training in our Nurse Fellowship program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Registered nurses are known to have a high amount of stress and burnout due to the nature of the work. You need to be aware that the demands and pressure of Nurse Fellowship training can lead to fatigue and little sleep. Your interviews want to hear about your plan to handle the high amounts of stress during your time with them.

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      How to Answer

      Explain to your interviewers that you have the tools to keep your mind, body, and spirit in the best shape possible to learn and grow every day during Nurse Fellowship training. Talk about your ability to maintain perspective, use your downtime to recharge, and come to each shift prepared for the challenges that you'll face. If possible, talk about how you have successfully navigated the high-pressure situations during your career to this point and how that experience will help you benefit while in fellowship training.

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  • 31. What do you believe is the greatest challenge the nursing field will face in the coming years?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Coming into their Nurse Fellowship program, your interviewers want to know that you have a finger on the pulse of the nursing field and have the wherewithal to forecast the challenges the field is facing. They also want to see that you understand that training in their program may come with some of the same current challenges and that you are ready to face those head-on.

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      How to Answer

      Before your Nurse Fellowship interview, study, and read as much as possible about the challenges the nursing field is facing and will continue to face moving forward. Discuss the challenges you foresee and speak about how you plan to succeed despite these challenges.

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  • 32. Anyone that joins our Nurse Fellowship must pass a required criminal record check and education verification. Is there any reason you would not be comfortable with this?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      In any healthcare-related setting, successfully passing a criminal background check is a necessity. Your interviewers ask this question to ensure that you would be able to pass any required institutional, state and/or federal background checks and education verifications.

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      How to Answer

      If you can successfully pass a criminal record check or education verification, explain that you have a clean record. If you have any blemishes on your records and are not able to pass a criminal record check or education verification, be upfront about that in the interview process. The fellowship program will be more forgiving if you are honest about any marks on your background check.

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  • 33. To find success in our Nurse Fellowship training program, communication skills are essential. How would you describe your communication skills on the job?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Patient-centered communication is vital for the fellows of any Nurse Fellowship training program, and your interviewers want to know that you are a great communicator. They want to hear that you have strong verbal and written communication skills when communicating with patients, providers, fellow nurses, and your entire patient care team.

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      How to Answer

      Before your interview, think about your communication strengths. Come to your interview prepared to talk about what makes you great at communicating with patients, colleagues, and support staff. More important, make sure to explain why solid communication skills are vital for any nurse and Nurse Fellow. If you have received any formal feedback on your communication skills throughout your career, now is a great time to mention that feedback.

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  • 34. How will you work effectively and collaboratively as part of a larger care team as a Nurse Fellow with our program?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      No matter if you are looking to join a Nurse Fellowship program directly out of nursing school or after having years of work experience as a registered nurse, you need to be prepared to step in and be the ultimate team player with faculty, fellows, and all members of the larger care team during fellowship training. The interviewers want assurance that you would join their program as a team player, regardless of personality or work style differences. They'll also want to hear that you can be a natural leader.

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      How to Answer

      The goal of your response is to describe your approach to collaborating with others while highlighting how your collaboration style will be a good match for the fellowship program you are interviewing with. Highlight your leadership skills, communication skills, listening skills, and the respect you show for others in a working environment. If you have examples of times you've proven to be a team player, don't hesitate to share them.

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  • 35. If you joined our Nurse Fellowship program and didn't know the answer to something, what resources would you use to find the right answer?

      Why the Interviewer Asks This Question

      Your interviewers fully understand that experienced Registered Nurses are often the go-to for questions from patients and their families. They also know it's impossible for even the best and most experienced nurses to know the answers to everything when coming to a new organization for Nurse Fellowship training. What they are looking to hear is that you can be resourceful in finding an answer if you were to join their program.

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      How to Answer

      As you answer, talk about your willingness to tap into physicians, colleagues, policies, or any other resources to best help answer questions that may come your way. If you have an example of a time when you had to be creative in your resourcefulness to answer a question, don't hesitate to talk about it as you answer this question.

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