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Nurse Practitioner Interview Questions

To help you prepare for your Nurse Practitioner interview, here are 55 interview questions and answer examples.

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What accomplishment during your career do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

How to Answer

To get a sense of how you will handle certain challenges in this role as a nurse practitioner, your interviewer poses a question where you can talk about your most important accomplishment during your career. Being able to face a challenge while still gaining some accomplishment is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle to give them a sense that you will be an achiever in this role with their organization.

Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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55 Nurse Practitioner Interview Questions & Answers

  • Accomplishment

    1. What accomplishment during your career do you believe was the most difficult for you to achieve?

      How to Answer

      To get a sense of how you will handle certain challenges in this role as a nurse practitioner, your interviewer poses a question where you can talk about your most important accomplishment during your career. Being able to face a challenge while still gaining some accomplishment is very satisfying. Talk to the interviewer about a time when you were able to come out on top despite being faced with an obstacle to give them a sense that you will be an achiever in this role with their organization.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "I am proud to say that my biggest accomplishment is completing my Master's Degree program while still working full time. It took hard work, dedication, and some sacrifices along the way, but being able to support my family while bettering my career was well worth it in the end."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "At this point in my career, I feel that the most difficult accomplishment for me to achieve were the two back-to-back promotions in my current facility. Because promotions are granted based on results and education, I had to put in a lot of overtime hours and hustle to get there. In my current role as an APP Supervisor, I manage a team of 12 advanced practitioners in the clinical setting. In this role, I mentor, coach, and evaluate their performance regularly."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Experienced Example

      "My most challenging accomplishment during my career was being recognized as an America's Top Nurse Practitioner by the Point of Care Network. Looking back on this achievement, the years of focus that I put into bettering my patient care techniques and their outcomes culminated in the nomination from a great colleague. While I didn't set out with this award in mind, I know that my dedication to this field was the reason for it coming together."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe that earning my Master's degree has proven to be the most challenging accomplishment I have achieved so far while balancing life outside of school."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      You should be very proud of yourself for reaching this milestone. How did you maintain balance through it all?

  • Adaptability

    2. If hired as our next nurse practitioner, what is your availability to work nights, weekends, and holidays?

      How to Answer

      Before even applying for this position with this organization, you must have a good feel for what hours this nurse practitioner job will be working to ensure that it meets your own personal needs. As you answer this question, you need to walk the fine line of being open and honest about your availability while also meeting the organization's needs. When answering this question, be sure to talk about your understanding of the required hours and then talk about your overall availability if hired.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "As a nurse practitioner just entering the field, I am available to work whatever schedule is needed. That includes nights, weekends, and holidays."

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Experienced Example

      "I currently work Monday through Friday clinic hours at 0.8 FTE. As I embark on a new job search, I seek a role with the same schedule. With that said, I am a team player and can certainly pick up the odd night shift to cover someone when needed."

      Written by Krista Wenz on October 31st, 2022

  • Adaptability

    3. We expect our nurse practitioners to be open and adaptive to change. When was the last time you had to use new methods, equipment or procedures in your work? How did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      As a successful nurse practitioner, you know that the healthcare field is continuously changing and evolving as new technology and patient care techniques are being developed. Your interviewer is looking to get the sense that you are always open to adapting your practice to best meet the needs of your patients. Before your interview, think back to the last time you had to implement a new change into your practice and talk in detail about how you rolled with those changes with ease. Whether the change was technology-related or procedurally related, make it clear to your interviewer that you saw the good in the change and that you would always be open to change in their practice.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "I would honestly point out the different clinical rotations that I went through in my DNP training. Having worked in primary care settings in both a large, urban clinic and a small, rural two provider clinic, I learned very different hands-on care techniques from each practice that were unique in their own way. During my first rotation in the large clinic, I learned a very collaborative team-based approach. Then upon shifting to the smaller practice, I needed to adapt and be way more independent. I think both of these experiences helped shape me into a flexible NP that would be joining your practice."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "In my current interventional radiology practice, my organization purchased a new fluoroscopy imaging system, and this type of imaging was brand new to our facility. While some of my colleagues became very nervous about training on and learning a new piece of equipment, I had heard from other colleagues in the field that fluoro imaging was great for providing real-time imaging of patients. I jumped in feet first with excitement to train and learn on the new machine, and my supervisor was very proud of how I handled this, given my years of experience in practice. I am of the mindset that I always need to learn and adapt to provide the best care possible to patients."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      Experienced Example

      "In my years in an endocrinology practice, the treatment of diabetes surely has changed and adapted over time due to significant research in bettering patient care. In always wanting to provide the best care for patients, I've been very open to moving to non-insulin medications that have been developed as of pretty recently. Drugs like metformin and other inhibitors have drastically changed how patients manage their diabetes for the better. When these new and innovative treatment options come along, I take the time to learn about them and collaborate with my physicians on plans for next steps."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

  • Behavioral

    4. When you suffer a setback as a nurse practitioner, how does that emotionally affect you and your work?

      How to Answer

      Everyone handles the stress and disappointment of setbacks differently. By asking this question, your interviewer is looking to get a feel for how you will handle diversity when faced with it in this role with their organization. Discuss with the interviewer how you typically cope with setbacks in the workplace. If possible, try to focus on the techniques you use to stay in the right mindset when a setback happens in your work to prove your ability to handle any situation in this role.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "Setbacks can be trying, but I learned from a young age that you have to learn how to lose before you learn how to win. I don't let any setbacks affect me emotionally but rather use them as motivation to learn and grow. While I never enjoy a setback, I use them as a stepping-off point to something even better."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "Experiencing a setback is always disappointing and can be a bit disheartening, but I understand that it happens occasionally. If I experience a major setback in my work, I will take a few moments to debrief with the physician on call and discuss what I could have done differently. Then, I move forward with the knowledge that I gained to make myself better when faced with the same situation in the future."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Overcoming setbacks in life can be difficult to handle. I recently got sick and was able to conquer that. As long as I keep my mind open to these possibilities and learn how to adapt to them, it can propel me to be a better person."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Vaguely mentioning an illness puts the interviewer in a tough spot because, in most regions, they cannot legally ask any further questions. But you know they want to! Whenever possible, avoid this type of scenario by either mentioning further detail or offering a workplace scenario instead.

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  • Behavioral

    5. Talk about a situation where you had to deal with a patient or family member that was upset. How did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      Nurse practitioners sometimes have to manage a patient or a family member that are upset with their situation or care. By asking this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you have the ability to handle these situations when they inevitably occur with ease. As you think of a time when you had to handle an upset patient or family member, make sure that your example allows you to clearly point out the entire situation, what your action was, and what the eventual result was. Try to ensure that your example proves your ability to stay calm, cool, and collected and shows a positive outcome for all involved.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "During one of my clinical rotations in a busy urban emergency department, we had a patient come in that was heavily intoxicated and had been roughed up pretty badly. During our care of him, he suddenly had an attitude turn for the worse and became violent. I learned so much watching my preceptor try to calm the patient down and then eventually swiftly call security. I felt very fortunate that she acted quickly and kept us all safe and well that evening."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Last year, I was consulting a patient who had learned that their insurance would not cover a procedure that the patient wanted and we were recommending. During my time with them, the patient became very upset with my organization and me and got to the point where they were yelling loudly and blurting some expletives. While letting the patient vent, I clearly explained that we did not have the power to change what their insurance would and would not cover. To help them out to the best of my ability, I recommended to the patient that they talk to one of our financial counselors that can walk them through payment options. At their next appointment in two weeks, the patient was thrilled that they could work out a payment plan for the procedure, and we proceeded with scheduling it. Looking back at this situation, I know that hearing them out and then providing a solution was key to providing the best possible outcome to the patient."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

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  • Behavioral

    6. Tell me about a crisis situation you faced at work. How were you a part of the solution?

      How to Answer

      As a nurse practitioner, you may face many crises where you need to make quick and sound decisions. Be sure to highlight your strengths and strategies when under pressure to prove to your interviewer that you'll be able to handle these situations with ease at their organization. If possible, share an example that clearly lays out the situation you faced, the steps you took to find a solution, and any lessons you learned from the experience you can bring to this role.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "I have faced many crises in my nursing career. A few years back, when working as an RN in the intensive care setting, we had an elderly patient go unresponsive due to a mix-up with medication. It was challenging to get through the initial situation to stabilize the patient, but we did so through teamwork with the nursing staff and the physician on duty that night. The next challenge was following up without placing blame on any party. There was an internal investigation which could have torn our unit apart, but instead, we all became closer."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "One of the most challenging days I've had as a Nurse Practitioner happened during my clinical rotation in the Labor and Delivery unit. We had a mother who delivered triplets, and two of the babies were unresponsive at the time of birth. There were multiple physicians and nurses in the room caring for the family...maybe 6 or 7 nurses at once, and there was a lot of activity in a short amount of time. I was part of the care team for the babies and learned how important it is to take the time to remain calm, carefully listen to the team lead, and follow specific directions in a time of crisis. I'm happy to report that the babies were healthy, and it was a great learning opportunity for me, one that I've remembered throughout my career."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "As frontline to patients, as nurses, we are challenged with crises a lot. For example, we had a pt who coded, and we worked as a team and saved the patient's life. The key is to stay calm and sharp all the time and know when to refer."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

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      Knowing when to refer...that's a strong point. Your answer is excellent - well said!

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  • Behavioral

    7. Have you ever had a time where you couldn't complete all of your necessary tasks in a given day or shift? How did you handle that situation?

      How to Answer

      A busy clinic or inpatient unit can often prove to be too much to handle on some days for nurse practitioners, and your interviewer is fully aware of that fact. By asking this question, your interviewer is looking to hear that you are resourceful in handling situations where you get too busy and that you use open lines of communication with your team to ensure that the best care gets provided to patients. As you think of a time when you had to handle a busy clinic or inpatient unit, be sure that you can prove your ability to handle the situation with ease using communication and the resources available to you. To seal the deal for you in this answer, try also to share that you are always willing to help others on your team when they are in a time of need.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "During my time as a registered nurse in an outpatient clinic, daily patient care tasks were required to be handled before heading home for the day. This included the stocking of rooms and all patient charting. Though it was rare to happen, I would stay after clinic hours to finish any duties that I wasn't able to complete during the day, and my nursing team always handled this as a team effort."

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      1st Answer Example

      "This can happen from time to time on a busy hospital unit practicing in Hospital Internal Medicine as I have been for many years. During the pandemic, our hospital beds were often full, and it could be difficult to handle all necessary patient tasks in a given 12-hour shift. I am always focused on handline one task at a time while always reprioritizing what is most important. If I'm feeling too bogged down, I remain in contact with the other providers on shift with me. Then, at shift hand-off to the oncoming provider team, we have a great system for communicating to each other what needs to be done. When I come onto a new shift, I'm always happy to help my colleagues out as I know they would and have done the same for me."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

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  • Career Goals

    8. Why did you choose to advance your studies beyond your RN degree?

      How to Answer

      In most regions, a nurse practitioner requires a Master's degree. Your interviewer is looking to hear about your own personal motivations to advance your career to this level, so discuss the details surrounding your elevated degree. This is also an opportunity to highlight your motivations, such as your desire to have more responsibility beyond typical registered nurse duties and be a highly valued member of the patient care team. You may also want to mention why you initially chose the RN career path and how that experience led you to pursue an advanced degree in nursing.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "Honestly, the main motivation for me to pursue my advanced nursing degree was to help with the shortage of physicians in our state, and I felt that becoming an NP would help the system to move a bit faster for many patients. I can diagnose illnesses, write prescriptions, and perform many tasks that a doctor would normally need to do. It truly relieves wait time for many people, which is very rewarding to me. Personally, I knew from the start as an RN that I had much more to provide to the patients that I worked with as well."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "While my RN career has been rewarding, I wanted to complete my NP license so that I could have a broader impact on my patients. I am proud to have a deeper knowledge and to be able to interpret diagnostic tests to recommend treatment. Also, I now collaborate with physicians and the leadership team on a more regular basis to help provide the best care possible to patients so that they can obtain the best possible outcome."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "While my 20+ years of nursing career has been rewarding, I wanted to have a broader impact on delivering care to patients. I decided to invest in myself and pursue higher learning, with the hopes of using the knowledge and skills in providing exceptional care to our patients."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

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      Fantastic answer! It's clear and shows that you continually strive for more.

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  • Career Goals

    9. How do you plan to continually grow and learn as a nurse practitioner on our team?

      How to Answer

      You have an advanced degree; however, that doesn't mean that you stop learning once you have reached the top. As you are aware, continuing medical education is vital in keeping you at the top of your field as a nurse practitioner. Discuss your plans to take professional courses, obtain new certifications, and focus on personal growth as you look to continue to progress your career forward. You may also want to mention a class or volunteer position to highlight your commitment to professional growth.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "I never stop learning and believe that one must stay up to date on new trends and discoveries, especially in the healthcare industry. I plan to continually grow as a Nurse Practitioner by taking quarterly courses on various related topics. If there are any courses you recommend to help me on your team, I would be happy to hear your recommendations."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I am so happy to have completed my last certification for my Nurse Practitioner license. 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. This career in advanced nursing is one where we all need to be continuous learners to stay on top of the latest trends in providing the best care possible to patients, and I absolutely love this aspect of this career."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe that in healthcare, education never ends. I plan to stay up to date on important topics relating to women's health by keeping current on publications, attending conferences, and completing continuing education courses. For example, this month, I plan to participate in a point of care OBGYN ultrasound course to familiarize myself with basic OBGYN ultrasonography, a key component in women's health care."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Well done! The interviewer should appreciate the fact that you are already attending additional courses. This is a wonderful way to show that you believe in continued education and growth vs. just saying so.

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  • Communication

    10. If hired here, how would you gain the trust and respect from our physician team?

      How to Answer

      Professional working relationships are essential as a health care provider who regularly works on a multidisciplinary team. As part of the larger care team, Nurse Practitioners serve as both leaders and worker bees, and you need to be able to prove your worth to the physician staff through the respect you earn from them. You can be specific about your process or stay general by sharing some of your best practices around building trust. If possible, share an example of how you have built trust within the patient care team or how you relate to others.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "I feel that the best way to earn the trust of the physicians is to be helpful, always do what I promise, and be honest with them at all times. Strong relationships in this field have to be built on these principles, and it would be essential for me as a new Nurse Practitioner. If I were fortunate enough to join your team, building a trusting relationship with the physicians would be my first goal on the job."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I find that being a great listener is an important part of gaining trust and respect, especially when it comes to working with busy physicians. Often, I only get a short amount of time to collaborate with the physician, so I like to come to meetings prepared with important questions and carefully listen to the answers. From there, I can create my patient care plan and report back to the physician on progress or challenges I may be facing. This partnership and communication help me gain their trust and respect."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe trust and respect are qualities that we earn in time. I can achieve this by making myself dependable, which means when I'm given a task to perform, I make sure that I do it well and efficiently. Also, making my team know that I am a good team player and a good worker."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Your response is perfect! It isn't pushy yet exudes confidence and a great sense of self-awareness.

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  • Communication

    11. How would you rate the communication skills that you would bring to our team as our next nurse practitioner?

      How to Answer

      An efficient and successful nurse practitioner in this role will be expected to be a great communicator with many different people. You will have daily communication with fellow providers, nursing staff, and patients, and your interviewer will expect to hear that you consider yourself to be a great communicator. As you rate your communication skills, be sure to focus on the facts that you are a great listener, a solid verbal communicator, and an effective written communicator to show to ensure your interviewer that you can be relied upon to keep open lines of contact with everyone that you will be working closely within this job.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "I will rate myself as an 8.5 because I consider myself a strong communicator. It truly is the foundation of all success in the healthcare industry as patients rely on clear and consistent information from their care team. Staff needs to maintain solid lines of communication in the care they provide. I consider my written word skills as excellent, and you will find that quickly in my charting. I am always striving to be a better communicator, so I leave the rest of the scale as an aspirational measure."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I rate my communication skills as a 9 out of 10 as I will have times when I am not as clear as I would like to be. My fellow nursing staff will attest to my clear and concise communication skills, verbal communication skills, and listening skills. Because I am an open leader, my team will let me know if I need to clarify anything."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I will rate myself with an 8. Communication is very vital in our profession, and I know the importance of being an effective communicator. In giving medical information and instructions to our patients, I must use simple and easy terms to understand medical terminologies/explanations. It is also important to encourage our patients to ask questions. If necessary, I will ask my patient to re-tell the instruction I gave her to evaluate if they have understood it correctly."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Very good answer! Expressing the importance of meeting patients at their level of understanding is a perfect touch.

      "I will rate myself with an 8. Communication is very vital in our profession, and I know the importance of being an effective communicator. For our patients, in giving medical information and instructions, it is important that I use simple and easy-to-understand medical terminologies/explanations. It is also important to encourage our patients to ask questions. If necessary, I will ask my patient to re-tell the instruction I gave them to evaluate their understanding."

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  • Compatibility

    12. Describe the work ethic you would bring to our organization.

      How to Answer

      When the interviewer asks about your work ethic, they are looking for specific examples of keywords to which they can relate. When you read the organization's job posting or job description for this nurse practitioner role, try to watch out for keywords they look for in a new NP related to work ethic. Talk about their values and how those align well with your own personal work values to prove that you are the right candidate for this job.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "If you were to hire me as your next Nurse Practitioner in this department, you will find that I am a mission-driven and respectful individual. As I'm approaching my graduation, I'm searching for an organization whose mission is to serve its patients and community, and I know that I have found that in your organization. I can best be described as a caring and respectful individual that comes to work each day with accountability for my actions and humbleness in all that I do to serve others."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I am a very dedicated and loyal employee. I saw on your website that you describe your hospital culture as honest, transparent, and go the extra mile for your patients. My work ethic is the same. I am honest, flexible, and come ready to work hard for my patients every day."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I am dependable, a hard worker, a good learner, honest, and a good team player. In my small way, I always aim to deliver the best and safest care to our patients. Having to work in our institution for so many years, I believe I have embraced the core values."

      Written by an Anonymous User

      Rachelle Enns

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      Rachelle Enns Reviewed the Above Answer

      Mentioning the core values of MD Anderson is an excellent touch! If you have these core values memorized, feel free to include them (or their mission statement) in your response. Well done!

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  • Competency

    13. Are there any procedures that you are looking to forward to performing in this role as our next nurse practitioner? Are there any that you wouldn't care to perform?

      How to Answer

      In looking to bring you into their department at this organization, your interviewer will be trying to understand which medical procedures you are comfortable and competent in handling. Before your interview, it will be important for you to research the specific position you are interviewing for so you can speak to your experiences and strengths in performing the procedures required for this role. As you answer, think back on your experiences so far in your career to talk about what skills you can bring to this team. Then be sure to be open and honest about any procedures that you are inexperienced with. If possible, try to reiterate to your interviewer that you are open and willing to learn any new procedures that you are not familiar with.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      Entry Level Example

      "I feel very fortunate to have been exposed to some great procedural techniques during my clinical rotation with a great Dermatologist. If hired here at your organization, I have hands-on experience with shave and punch biopsies, excision, and cryotherapy. I would greatly look forward to building these skills in my practice. The one area in dermatology that I was not exposed to was laser therapy, and it sounds like this is a part of your practice. I would hope to learn this procedure by shadowing providers that are competent in it."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "As you can see from my resume, I have many years of experience as a surgical Nurse Practitioner. I would come to your team with first assist skills in GI, ortho, cardiovascular and colorectal surgeries. My skills include graft harvesting, retraction, and wound closures. I would look forward to utilizing all of these skills as part of your organization. As well, there aren't any procedures that I would shy away from. If I needed additional training, I wouldn't hesitate to ask."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

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  • Competency

    14. If hired as our next nurse practitioner, would you bring the ability to work independently to our team?

      How to Answer

      As you are being considered to join this organization, your interviewer is looking to get a sense that you have the ability to work and make decisions on your own with little supervision. Not to be confused with your scope of practice and working with your collaborating physician, talk about your ability to work with little direction and your competence in doing so. If possible, try to give examples of times when you've worked independently to prove to your interviewer that you will be a provider that joins their care team and runs with the work to provide the best care possible to patients.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      Entry Level Example

      "As a new NP joining your practice, I felt very comfortable handling primary care and urgent care patients on my own in my last few clinical rotations. After an orientation period and check-ins with my supervising physician, I feel very confident in my ability to see patients independently. If an issue ever came up that I couldn't handle, I wouldn't hesitate to talk to my peers."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Throughout my career as a Nurse Practitioner, I've gained the confidence to work very independently, and this ability was really solidified in my time in plastic surgery. I often handled clinic patients on my own while the surgeon was handling cases in the OR. I learned quickly to make quick decisions with patients on their care and became more confident in my ability to do so daily. At the end of each day, the surgeon and I would talk quickly through the patients I saw that day."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

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  • Conflict

    15. How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?

      How to Answer

      Be authentic when answering this question, but 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! In the end, make sure your interviewer walks away from your conversation knowing that you can handle constructive criticism in a healthy manner that helps you become better as a Nurse Practitioner.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "Looking to join my first practice as a new Nurse Practitioner, I fully understand that my work will sometimes come with additional critiques from the physicians I would be working with. I take every critique as a learning opportunity. I am thankful for any feedback that helps me become a better healthcare practitioner and would have this attitude as a part of your team."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "It is never easy to be criticized or to receive unfavorable feedback. However, I believe I can learn from each experience and constructively move forward. A physician recently mentioned that my notes in the EMR 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."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "As a new NP, I know I have lots of information and skills I need to develop. With good mentorship support from this organization, I hope to be as professional and efficient NP as possible. In this process, I know I will make mistakes. Good and bad feedbacks are important for me as this learning experience will help me be a better health care provider to our patients."

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      Your willingness to accept feedback will be an excellent sign for the interviewer. Well said.

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  • Conflict

    16. How do you handle conflict in the workplace?

      How to Answer

      Conflicts between co-workers can happen when you spend so many waking hours in the workplace. How you handle conflicts within the workplace is what the interviewer would like to know more about. By asking this question, your interviewer wants to see that you will take accountability for conflict, whether the occurrence is considered your fault or not. Handling workplace conflict tactfully and with grace should be the only option. Give a clear example of a time when you professionally handled workplace conflict. Remember that this is not an opportunity to vent about the current workplace culture you are in.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "Conflict is often a symptom of poor communication, so when conflict arises in the workplace, I address the situation by using open lines of direct communication with an individual or individuals. During my time as a Registered Nurse in a busy dermatology clinic, a scheduler became very rude to the entire patient care staff, which continued for a few weeks. I had heard wind of the rudeness of the individual, but it wasn't until I faced it myself that I said something. Calmly and tactfully, I told the scheduler that I didn't appreciate being talked to rudely and then asked why she was taking that approach with me. Being the first person to ask her this question, she was very open and honest about how her role felt disrespected around our clinic. I encouraged her to speak with the unit administrator to help her try and find the best result for the situation. From that day forward, her attitude towards all staff improved greatly."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "My style of conflict management can best be described as assertive. In my five years at my current facility, I have only encountered one true instance of conflict between myself and a colleague. One of my nurses did not show up for their shift, so I was forced to cover their shift and work a double. Because of this, I missed my daughter's dance recital. I was upset about it, but I wanted to do my part as a lead nurse. The next day, the delinquent employee came in and didn't say a word. He didn't apologize to me or thank me for my time. I approached him and told him how his actions impacted my day. He did not respond how I wanted; however, I let it go after I said my part. You cannot change the actions of others, but you have to take responsibility for how you handle your side."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "As NP, I had an incident where a pt came to the ER with an Hgb of 4. He was septic and in severe liver failure. My supervisor had ordered abx, PRBCs for transfusion, and IV fluid. There was no bed in the ICU or IICU, so the pt was in the ER. Two hours later, nothing was done, so I went down to the ER to find that the pt treatment was not started. I met with the sister, and she was mad that her brother was not being cared for appropriately. I informed the sister that we were going to initiate pt Tx asap. I asked the nurse, and she said there was no IV pump. I contacted SPD asap, and pt Tx was started."

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      The specific scenario that you shared here would be better suited for an interview question about handling a challenging workplace scenario or a challenging patient/family scenario. To respond to this question, I would encourage you to select a scenario that deals with conflict with a co-worker/supervisor. You should clearly state the situation, why this created a conflict, how you responded to it, and the result.

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  • Diligence

    17. At our organization, we put a great amount of focus on the patient experience. How would you help ensure a positive experience for all patients that you work with here?

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      The overall patient experience entails the entire range of interactions that patients have with their overall healthcare team. Most healthcare organizations focus on the quality of care they provide to patients, and the patient experience is a cornerstone of that focus. If hired as their next Nurse Practitioner, this organization will expect you to positively influence the experience of the patients you will be working with daily. While there are many aspects of the patient experience out of our control as a Nurse Practitioner, some things to think about as you answer this question are your bedside manner, patient waiting times, and follow-through with patients.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

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      "Patient retention and attraction are critical for your organization, and I fully realize that retaining patients for the long haul is built through trust and positive relationships. If hired as your next NP, I would work diligently to build solid and trusting relationships with my patients. I would utilize my excellent interpersonal skills and educational skills to ensure that I provide the best care possible to them."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "I am a firm believer that every care team member has an impact on the overall patient experience. As a primary care provider, a positive attitude and a focus on educating patients about their health are paramount when ensuring that they have a great experience with me. I also focus on answering patient questions submitted through the online portal because quick follow-up with those patients shows that I care for them and get them an answer to their questions. I also try to educate patients on the online resources available to them to help with ease of scheduling future appointments and to obtain resources on any conditions that they may have."

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    18. As a nurse practitioner, how do you stay current on new practice innovations?

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      During your time with them in your interview, your interviewer wants to know that you stay up to date with the changes and trends in healthcare. This question allows you to highlight your commitment to growth and development, both personally and professionally. Talk to the interviewer about how you stay up to date on new trends and education in your field. Don't hesitate to talk about journals you subscribe to, CME events that you've attended, and training you've participated in that show your commitment to learning and growing as a Nurse Practitioner.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I have always believed in keeping a beat on the healthcare industry daily as a Registered Nurse. For that reason, I have a few google alerts set up with specific keywords. Also, I take one leadership development course per year. This keeps me competitive in the industry and helps my patients to get the best of me. As a new Nurse Practitioner, I'm looking forward to CME courses yearly to help me become a complete provider."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "I absolutely love and thrive on the fact that we have to be continuous learners as Nurse Practitioners. The medical field is constantly evolving surrounding patient care, and we have to be very open to learning and becoming better at what we do. Currently, I am a member of the NAPNAP, and I learn so much about pediatric care from their publication. I also attended their national conference for the last two years."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "Having to work in this premier institution, I am privileged to work with top-notch health care providers who are a great source of knowledge. I can also stay current by pushing myself to attend learning seminars and continuing educations offered by the institution. Or by simply asking questions with mentors and colleagues who share a lot of knowledge and experience."

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      Learning on the job and taking coursework available in your profession are both excellent answers. If you read a bit about your profession (medical journals, for instance), this would be a great way to round out your answer.

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  • Direct

    19. Do you have any restrictions on your RN or NP license?

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      At some point during your interview process, your interviewer will ask a point-blank yes or no answer on any restrictions you have on your license or if you have had any malpractice claims during your career. You need to be open and honest as you answer this question because any discrepancies you have will be uncovered during the credentialing process if you are hired for this role. If you have had restrictions on your license, you'll want to be very clear about the timing and resolution of those restrictions. Word also travels fast in the healthcare community, so be sure to be honest and upfront about your past.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "I have never had any restrictions on my state RN license, and I am currently in the process of obtaining my Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber license in the state. That would be a very challenging experience to go through."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "Back in 2006, I had a short-term restriction on my RN license in the state of Oregon while our entire nursing team was being reviewed. This was cleared up within 30 days, and I was released from all restrictions. This should no longer affect my license in any state, and my Washington RN license is current."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "None. In Texas state, I know that I have certain restrictions as provided by law that I am to comply with as an NP."

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      Good! To the point and helpful.

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  • Discovery

    20. Tell me a little bit about yourself.

      How to Answer

      In a busy practice, nurse practitioners face the challenging task of working directly with patients and collaborating with large teams of individuals. This list of collaborators includes supervising physicians, nursing staff, other support staff, and administrative staff. Healthcare institutions need to know their new NPs are both well-rounded practitioners and great people to be around and work with. To prepare for the open-ended opportunity to you to talk about who you are as an NP and individual, you'll ideally want to talk about the path that has taken you to this interview, what is motivating you for this opportunity and what kind of individual the team you are interviewing with would be getting if you were to be hired. How you lay out your response is up to you, but make sure to paint the complete picture of you that helps ultimately sell you as the top candidate for the job.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "I have a Bachelor's of Nursing from the University of Michigan and am working on completing my Master's degree. I graduate this May and am excited about my first practice opportunity. I have three years of experience as an RN. My most recent position was at the local children's hospital, and I'm currently looking for a position that will allow me to grow into a leadership opportunity in the future. In my personal life, I am a health nut that runs half marathons and trains pretty diligently for them."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "With pleasure! I have over ten years of experience in the healthcare industry as a Nurse Practitioner in the Emergency Medicine field. I want to grow my career to the next level with your organization. On a more personal note, I love to read, hike, and spend a lot of my extra time volunteering with the local humane society."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My family migrated to the US in 2005. I worked briefly as a telemetry nurse. I then moved to Texas, where I have been at my current employer since 2006, with 12 years of oncology experience as an outpatient nurse in SCT and more than a year as an oncology inpatient nurse. I started my master's degree in the fall of 2016, graduated in Dec 2018, and passed the APN exam on 3/2019. On a more personal note, I am a mom of 3 good boys, ages 16,12, and 7, and I love to read and travel."

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      Wonderful answer! You give the interviewer a great overview of your professional career while adding a touch of personality. I've modified your answer for the sake of clarity, continuity, and flow.

      "My family migrated to the US in 2005. I am a mom of 3 good boys, ages 16,12, and 7. I love to read and travel. I worked briefly as a telemetry nurse before I moved to Texas, in 2006, when I was hired as an outpatient nurse in SCT. With 12 years of oncology experience, and more than a year as an oncology inpatient nurse, in the fall of 2016, I committed to pursuing my master’s degree. I graduated in Dec 2018 and passed the APN exam on 3/2019. Now I am excited and ready to start the next chapter of my career!"

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  • Discovery

    21. Tell us about your community involvement. How would this translate to this nurse practitioner role with our organization?

      How to Answer

      Most hiring managers prefer candidates who have some volunteer experience giving back to their community. As a Nurse Practitioner, you have a love for helping others, and your interviewer wants to hear how you have taken that passion for helping give back to your community. As you answer this question, share your core values and commitments outside work that show your passion for helping others. If possible, research the community efforts that this organization puts forth in their community so you can show support for them.

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      "I was raised by parents who believed that giving back to the community through volunteering was the most important thing you could do. At a young age, I remember volunteering on Christmas afternoons by serving meals to the homeless.
      My parents taught me that even if you don't have money to give, you can always find the time. I spend every Sunday afternoon as a health aid at the homeless shelter. Upon researching your organization when I applied for this role, I was so excited to see that you give back to your community by providing wellness checks for uninsured children."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I have a family member diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago, and I am now a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association. There is an annual fundraiser here locally, and I am the co-chairperson for the event. One of the reasons that I applied to this position was because I read about your facility's commitment to employee wellness, and I appreciate that the organization also supports the American Diabetes Association."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Through my 13 years of nursing experience, I have learned to love oncology. I participated in a department's activities such as Caregiver week and fundraising activities such as "walk the boots."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      Interviewers love volunteer and community work, so this response will score very high with a hiring authority. Nice job!

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  • Discovery

    22. What do you know about our organization and what interests you in a practice here?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer asks you this question to see if you did your homework on the organization or are merely floating your resume. Be sure to read up on the organization you are interviewing with and have a few questions prepared. Ideally, your interviewer wants to hear that you see their organization as a match for your professional goals and personal values, so be sure to talk about both of these pieces as you answer this question.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "I know that your facility is top of the line when it comes to technological advancements and research in patient care. I have always been enamored with research into improving patient care, and I would be honored to work in such an advanced hospital environment."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "As I embarked on a search to find my dream practice in ENT, I made a shortlist of health systems that I'd like to work with. Your organization was at the top of my list due to our values closely aligning. I know that your facility is a nationally recognized hospital that is known for service excellence. When my sister was sick a few years ago, she was admitted to the ER and told me that she had an outstanding experience, given the situation. I am personally drawn to the fact that your organization invests back in patient care and the communities where you care for patients."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "It is the #1 hospital for cancer care; that its main goal is to eradicate cancer and deliver the best and safest care at all times."

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      Good answer! You obviously know your stuff!

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  • Experience

    23. How did your experience as an RN, whether in clinicals or on the job, affect how you do your job as a nurse practitioner?

      How to Answer

      While they can tell a lot from your resume, your interviewer is looking to hear firsthand how your experience as an RN shaped you into the NP you are today. Be sure to summarize your experience as an RN and share how it enhances your ability to be an excellent NP. If possible, give a specific example showing how your whole career experience has specifically prepared you for this role to sell yourself to your interviewer.

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      Entry Level Example

      "All of my RN experiences have given me an endless amount of knowledge in the medical industry, specifically because of my years working in the primary care setting. I could never replace those experiences with any amount of education. As I worked through my clinical rotations recently, I found that the skills and knowledge I developed in the primary care setting as an RN helped me as a Nurse Practitioner in the emergency, general surgery, and dermatology settings, and I'm confident that my experience will shine through if hired on your team."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "One of my first positions as an RN was at a skilled nursing facility where I cared for geriatric patients with Alzheimer's. A big part of my day was explaining to the family of the patients what the disease was and how it could be treated. I learned so much about Alzheimer's and the effects it can have on a family. Now, as a Nurse Practitioner, I can have even deeper discussions that include a medication treatment plan, onsite therapy options, and more. My experience as an RN has shaped the way I communicate with patients compassionately and professionally."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have had an opportunity to take care of oncology patients for almost 13 years. Seeing how our patients and their families face cancer bravely is so inspiring. I have taken this same positive outlook in my own personal and professional life and have applied it in everyday life."

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      Rachelle Enns

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      It's very heartwarming that you have taken life lessons from your patients and applied them. Your answer is genuine, and the interviewer should really appreciate that.

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  • Experience

    24. Are you familiar with the scope of practice you would be permitted to have as a nurse practitioner with our organization?

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      As you are aware, the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners differs from state to state, and sometimes even organization to organization, so it is important for you to know and understand the independence you will have in this particular job and be able to explain that to your interviewer. Whether your experience in the state enables you to talk openly about your scope of practice or you need to research further before the interview, talk about your understanding of the procedures and actions that you will be permitted to do in this role and which procedures and actions will require physician supervision. Don't hesitate to talk about your past experiences in working under this same scope of practice.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      Entry Level Example

      "As I've been researching opportunities in Colorado, I've become familiar with both the practice and prescriptive authority I would have with your organization. I look forward to obtaining the 1,000 hours of documented experience to be able to obtain full prescriptive privileges in the state and with your organization."

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      1st Answer Example

      "Having practiced in California for my entire career, I am very familiar with the fact that I would require a standardized procedure in place with my supervising position if I were to join your team. I am also well educated on the Schedule II and Schedule III drugs that would require sign-off by the physician. I am very comfortable in this scope of practice."

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  • Job Satisfaction

    25. What do you like most about being a nurse practitioner?

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      At some point during your time with them, your interviewer will want to know what would keep you motivated to do a good job at their organization, even on the toughest of days. Prior to your interview, put some thought into what drives you personally to be your best on the job. Perhaps you like working with children or diagnosing complicated issues. Discuss your commitment to providing exceptional patient care to prove that you are the best candidate for their next Nurse Practitioner.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "I most enjoy helping people in their time of need, so becoming a Nurse was a natural path for me. When you don't feel well, you feel vulnerable and need people around you that are kind and knowledgeable. I like to take action when others are in need, and this ultimately led me down the path of obtaining my Master's degree and FNP certification."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I love being an NP because the work is personally fulfilling and professionally challenging. No two days are the same as a Nurse Practitioner, so I get to use a variety of my skills and knowledge to help patients in the best way possible."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Knowing that I made a difference in a patient's life gives me personal fulfillment and satisfaction. This motivates me to be a better nurse each day."

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      This is a great reason to love your job! Well said.

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  • Job Satisfaction

    26. What is an issue in the current healthcare system that you would like to see change?

      How to Answer

      The interviewer is looking to identify a struggle you may have and share how you constructively handle this challenge in your typical workday. Be careful not to complain. Instead, present a solution to a challenging situation.
      Don't be afraid to share a controversial topic, but be aware of your audience. If you know that your interviewer is passionate about nutrition, consider sharing how you have researched the ingredients in feeding tubes for patients who cannot swallow or are in a coma. Talk about how nutrition needs to be a higher priority and how the food quality needs to change. Whatever the issue you decide to talk about, share your knowledge and experience about the topic. Tell the interviewer how you are going to help change this particular issue in healthcare.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

      Entry Level Example

      "As a new Nurse Practitioner, I have not had the exposure to the healthcare system as seasoned healthcare professionals have. But, one thing that impacts almost everyone I know is the cost of healthcare. I would like to see a reduction in out-of-pocket healthcare costs and more services offered to those who need them."

      Written by Krista Wenz on October 31st, 2022

      1st Answer Example

      "Everyone has something they would like to change about their job. For myself, if I could change anything at all, I would ensure that our RN's are given a stronger voice when it comes to the opinions in patient care and diagnosis. Many of our RN's are incredibly knowledgeable and are not often given a chance to be heard. Having been in their shoes at one time, I would always be an advocate for involving them in decisions that fit within their scope of practice."

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    27. If hired at our organization, how could we keep you motivated as a nurse practitioner?

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      By proposing this question, your interviewer wants to know what keeps you motivated to do a good job, day in and day out. Take this opportunity to share what motivates you as a professional and its relation to your career path with this organization. At the end of the day, after you have seen car accidents, suicide attempts, and the most depressing sides of human nature, your interviewer wants to hear how you would keep your head up and stay focused on the job if hired for this role. To really sell yourself to your interview for this role, try to focus on your own internal motivations in your work as a nurse practitioner and how that motivation will help you provide the best care possible at this organization.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      Entry Level Example

      "To keep me motivated as a new Nurse Practitioner, a diverse patient base that enables me to learn and grow for years will really help me become the best primary care provider I can be. I am personally inspired to learn and grow to become a complete Nurse Practitioner, and I really feel that this role will help me do that."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "My experiences in this field have been invaluable. I have learned so many skills that I will use when I move to the ICU at your hospital. Knowing that each patient provides me a unique opportunity to make a difference in someone's life motivates me and makes me love my job every day."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "My invaluable oncology experience in this institution has shaped me to be a better health care provider. I am privileged to work with knowledgeable healthcare providers in delivering the best care possible. I am humbled to be allowed to make a difference in our patient's lives and in my small contribution to making cancer history. This motivates me to work each day."

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      What an excellent 'why' statement! Wonderful!

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  • Job Satisfaction

    28. If you could change anything about your current job, what would it be?

      How to Answer

      With this question, your interviewer is ideally looking for you to identify a struggle you may have in your work as a Nurse Practitioner and share how you would constructively handle this challenge if you were to join their organization. Before your interview, think carefully about your answer to this question to ensure that you are coming across as positive in your answer. Rather than talk about your own personal shortcoming, you can also think of a roadblock that you face in your work that Nurse Practitioners face wherever they practice. Be careful not to complain. Rather, present a solution to a challenging situation.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "If hired for this role here, I would be coming as a new Nurse Practitioner out of my grad program. However, I am not new to the healthcare industry with my years as a Registered Nurse. I would say that the most challenging factor during my time as a Registered Nurse was the budgetary needs of my department. I worked for a small clinic with minimal resources, which made patient care tough at times. In that role, I learned how to be very resourceful with what was available, and this is a skill that I can bring to your organization."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "My current team is understaffed and has been for about a year now as we are struggling to recruit additional providers. It can be challenging because each team member is stretched to their max, and burnout occurs with everyone. What I've found to be the most helpful is to remain positive and lead by example. By doing this, I can help lift a colleague's spirits on a given day, and this reflects very well on the care that we provide to patients."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "While I enjoy my role as a nurse, I know that changing specialty comes with a learning curve. As a result, there might be some challenges, and while it is true that change presents challenges, I always embrace the opportunity to learn, and I know that it gets better with time."

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      In the "Revised Answer" box, I've suggested a slight rewording of this response to improve clarity and detail.

      "While I enjoy my current role, it is my first position within this specialty area, which comes with a learning curve. As a result, it's been challenging at times to get me fully up to speed. While this does present challenges, I always embrace the opportunity to learn, and I know that it will get better with time."

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  • Job Satisfaction

    29. What type of nursing tasks do you find least desirable, or most challenging?

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      The interviewer wants to know about your workplace challenges. This question allows you to highlight your ability to get things done, even if you don't enjoy EVERY part of your job. You can let your personality shine through a bit but keep it light and professional overall. As you answer this question, try to focus on a task that most find undesirable yet find a way to make it fun and interesting.

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      Entry Level Example

      "I have never loved documentation, but I do fully understand the importance of detailed and accurate notes. During my years as an RN and my recent clinical rotations, I've taken the approach of documenting as a challenge to help myself enjoy the task more. Working on several different EMR's really helped me understand the full importance of accurate charting, especially as a provider. If offered to come work for you, I'd be excited to learn your EMR from back to front in my new role as a Nurse Practitioner."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I'm sure that every person has a task in their workday that they dislike. Mine is organizing and stocking the supply closet. I know it's so important that our supplies are tidy and accessible, but I dread it every few months when my turn comes to clean it out. I am a team player, however, and I do it with a smile on my face, and I always try to do it as a team effort with a colleague."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "Honestly, I find attending long meetings as least desirable for me. I would prefer being engaged with patients than sitting in a meeting and discussing department goals, etc."

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      Preferring to be on the front lines is very understandable. However, you want to be careful in how you frame your least desirable tasks. Validating why those tasks are important, regardless of being less desirable will speak to your professionalism.

      "I think it is the same as a lot of people. There are aspects to every job that no one really enjoys, but they have to be done, regardless. Honestly, I find attending long meetings as least desirable for me. I would much prefer being engaged with patients than sitting in a meeting and discussing department goals, etc. But, those meetings are necessary to get everyone on the same page. This ensures our teams or coordinating, performing well, which in turn ensures safety for our teams and patients alike."

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  • Leadership

    30. What qualities do you feel a should leader have?

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      The interviewer would like to know that you understand the qualities that a great leader should possess because the Nurse Practitioner that they hire at their organization needs to be a natural leader on their care team. Highlight your ability to work with a team and actively communicate. If you had a great mentor or supervisor in your past, feel free to mention something specific about what you learned from them that you could bring to this role.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      Entry Level Example

      "In our work setting, a leader needs to possess the ability to mentor others, delegate work among the team, and be able to lead by example in times of need. My inspiration for pursuing this career further came from a great NP I worked with as an RN, and he really inspired me with these same leadership qualities. He was never hesitant to lead by example and take an opportunity to help me learn and grow. As I enter a new practice as a Nurse Practitioner, I would look to be a great mentor and leader to this team."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "I believe that being a great leader requires a balance between working collaboratively with your team members while also being a consistent individual contributor. For example, we have a department project where everyone must work together to reorganize the supply closet, and each team member has an assigned task. I must strategically plan the work for the team and communicate productively and professionally for everyone to understand the goal. I also took on a small part of the project to see that I was committed to the outcome. I learned this from a mentor of mine when I was starting as a nurse."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I believe a great leader should possess the ability to effectively motivate team members to deliver the task at hand, and at the same time, be a consistent individual contributor to the group as well. A leader should live by example and knows when to delegate and when to be an active participant. He should be patient, a good listener, accommodating, and a great resource person in the group."

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      Your answer is thoughtful, insightful, and stated extremely well. Very nice work!

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  • Problem Solving

    31. As a nurse practitioner with our organization, would you be comfortable making tough decisions in regards to a patients care?

      How to Answer

      At some point during your interview, your interviewer wants to know how you handle difficult patient care situations to get a feel for how you will work as part of their team. Be sure to highlight your ability to think strategically and to make quick, thoughtful decisions. Provide an example of the confidence you have in your decision-making skills in patient care and the tough decisions that come with it to prove your ability to act quickly and soundly in this role.

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      Entry Level Example

      "As an RN, I decided to separate the feelings surrounding patient care decisions from my other emotions. The medical decision needs to be made factually and not based solely on feeling. For this reason, I do not find it difficult to make tough decisions. As I learn and grow as a new Nurse Practitioner in your practice, my confidence would continue to grow."

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      "I think my confidence in making tough decisions has grown over the years. As a new RN, I was more hesitant to make these decisions and learned a great deal from the more tenured nurses on my team. With my added education as a Nurse Practitioner, I make strategic and thoughtful decisions based on my knowledge and experience. I also am very comfortable asking for help in situations that may be new to me. I value the collaborative approach we have as a team."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "Yes, I am confident that I will utilize resources and apply critical thinking for optimal patient outcomes."

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  • Salary

    32. If offered this role as a nurse practitioner with our organization, do you have any salary requirements?

      How to Answer

      When asked about your salary expectations, the best thing you can do is be open and honest about what you are currently earning and where you want to be in the future. But you definitely don't want to price yourself out for the role. Before applying for this position, you should conduct as much research as possible on the pay scale that this organization offers for their NP's to ensure that it aligns with your expectations. Sometimes, the pay scale is listed on the job posting on the organization's career site, and sometimes you may have to do some further digging online or with current staff members at the organization. In the end, be sure that your needs align with the position this organization is offering.

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "As I would be new to my career as a Nurse Practitioner in this role, I am hopeful that my years of experience as a Registered Nurse in many settings gets factored into an initial offer. From there, I would expect that my work ethic would speak for itself down the road with your organization."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "I can share with you what I am currently earning and where I would like to be in my next position. Currently, I am earning an annual salary of $105,000 plus an extensive benefits package as a full time employee. Knowing that this role requires more extended hours into the evening and call time, I am hopeful to see an increase in this role."

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "As a new NP, I am happy to negotiate my earnings based on the typical salary for this role."

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    33. If hired as a nurse practitioner here, how would you gain our physician staff's trust and respect?

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      Professional working relationships are essential as a Nurse Practitioner who regularly works as part of a much larger multidisciplinary team. One of the strongest relationships you will need to build in this role will be the physician staff you will be working alongside. You can be specific about your process or stay general by sharing some of your best practices around building trust. If possible, share an example of how you gained trust within the patient care team in the past.

      Written by Ryan Brunner on August 19th, 2021

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      "If hired, I would gain the trust and respect of the physicians by being myself. I would introduce myself when I first meet them and let them know I am a new Nurse Practitioner and appreciate feedback if they have any. I have a strong work ethic, which shows whenever someone works with me. I always do what I say I will do, show up to work early, and perform tasks without being asked. I believe my work ethic and personality will help me quickly gain the trust of those I work with."

      Written by Krista Wenz on October 31st, 2022

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      "I find that being a great listener is an important part of gaining trust and respect, especially when it comes to working with busy physicians. Often, I only get a short amount of time to collaborate with the physician, so I like to come to meetings prepared with important questions and carefully listen to the answers. From there, I can create my patient care plan and report back to the physician on progress or challenges I may be facing. This partnership and communication help me gain their trust and respect."

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    34. Why should we hire you over any other nurse practitioner for this role at our organization?

      How to Answer

      This question allows you to go ahead and brag about yourself a bit, but be sure to keep your answer concise and relate it to why you are the best choice for this position. You do not need to recap your resume. Instead, highlight one or two things you are most proud of and make you a great fit for this practice. Don't hesitate to use some unique words that make you a memorable candidate. You need to shine brighter than the rest!

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      "I graduated top of my class with honors and have a stable work history. I am looking for a challenging position that will allow me to grow into a leadership role within healthcare. I will also note that I am tri-lingual, fluent in English, Spanish, and Mandarin. This has assisted me greatly when it comes to managing patients of varying cultural backgrounds like I would see here at your organization."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

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      "As I search for a new role in a medical oncology setting, I am hoping to work with an innovative facility that is on the cutting edge of patient care procedures. I read an article about your hospital and the exciting work in cancer research, and I wanted to be a part of it. I am confident that you won't find another candidate that has the passion for innovative and excellent patient care like I do."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I have 13 years of both outpatient and inpatient experience in this institution. I believe that gives me a great advantage over other candidates. I have worked with some physicians and colleagues who could vouch for my work ethic."

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  • Tough

    35. How would you rate your performance in this interview so far?

      How to Answer

      Be honest. This question is a stress test and one that your interviewer will use to gauge to handle possible curveballs thrown your way as their next Nurse Practitioner. You need to be honest about your feelings about this meeting while maintaining an air of confidence at the same time. It's okay to ask the interviewer to circle back if you aren't pleased with your initial response to a previous question. Doing so will show that you truly do care about making a great impression to secure this job.

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      "I am not sure if I have been able to portray myself 100% accurately in this interview; although, I am trying my best as my nerves are getting the best of me. If there is anything more that I can clarify for you, I would be happy to do so."

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      1st Answer Example

      "After getting to talk with you to highlight my skills and abilities while learning more about this organization, I can't stress enough to you how relaxed and comfortable I now feel about my future success as your next Nurse Practitioner. You have painted a clear picture for me, and I'm hopeful that I've clearly outlined what I could provide for your patients. Do you have any clarifying questions for me?"

      Written by Rachelle Enns

      User-Submitted Answer

      "I would like to believe that I have presented myself to you as genuinely as possible, and I'm hoping that I have conveyed my interest and eagerness to join this group."

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  • Role-Specific

    Clinic

    36. Do you have experience providing care through telemedicine (virtual appointments)?

      How to Answer

      Many practices are now offering a combination of in-person and telehealth appointments to patients. The interviewer would like to learn more about your experience treating patients virtually, so describe your length of experience, the types of patients you see, and the specific software or platforms you have used.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "In my typical week, I normally see about 90% of my patients face-to-face in my clinic. There are occasions about ten percent of the time when a patient may live a great distance from the office or are homebound so that I can offer telehealth appointments at my discretion. I feel comfortable doing this for well-established patients who just need check-ins for refill medications. I prefer to see anyone with an acute illness or injury in person to do a comprehensive evaluation."

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    Clinic

    37. As a new nurse practitioner at our clinic, what are some challenges you anticipate?

      How to Answer

      Whether you are an experienced NP or a new graduate, there are certain challenges anytime you change jobs or begin working at a new facility. Be honest when describing what you anticipate will be a challenge, and speak to how you plan to overcome it. Perhaps it's meeting new coworkers, gaining patients' trust, learning new policies and procedures, etc. Keep a positive attitude and tone in your response.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "As a new grad, I know other clinicians are sometimes reluctant to work together. It may be a challenge to gain the trust of my colleagues and also to learn all of the practice-specific policies and procedures. I'm a quick learner, so I have no doubt I will catch on in a short period of time. I will go above and beyond to demonstrate my value in the practice both to patients and to other providers and their nursing staff."

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    38. Tell me about your typical day.

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      Being a nurse practitioner in a clinic setting could mean you work in a veteran's care facility, school, family practice, urgent care, or another outpatient-type clinic. Describe the setting you work in and how many patients you see and treat a day. Describe the types of patients you see, the team members you work with, and some of your daily responsibilities and tasks in your role.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "As a nurse practitioner at the local VA office, I evaluate and treat 20-25 adults per day. Many appointments are routine check-ups or follow-ups, but I handle some acute cases of illness or injury. I frequently order lab work or radiology tests to be done and sign orders to refill medications. I collaborate with the staff nurses and physicians throughout the day to ensure our patients receive the highest quality care."

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    Clinic

    39. How do you handle a situation where you feel like you have too many patients on your schedule?

      How to Answer

      Clinics often have expectations on how many patients are seen each day, but if there is a point where the quality of care is compromised, or patients are waiting hours to be seen, that situation will need to be addressed. Demonstrate your ability to collaborate, problem-solve, compromise, and effectively communicate to resolve scheduling issues.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "Whenever I start at a new clinic, I meet with the office staff and schedulers to better understand the office's expectations and to express my feedback and opinions on how patients should be scheduled. I like to spend ample time with my patients and give them the attention and quality care they deserve so that I may ask for certain time blocks for certain patients. My more complex, chronic cases may need more time than treating someone with the flu. I would also ask that time blocks be left open here and there for me to catch up or to work in a patient with an acute illness. It's a compromise sometimes, and effective communication is important when making decisions on scheduling best practices."

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    40. If an adult patient came into the office and you suspected abuse, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      Part of evaluating patients includes screening them for signs of physical, mental, emotional, or sexual abuse. The interviewer would like to know more about your process when asking these types of questions and how you respond when a patient acknowledges abuse. Consider how you approach this patient from an emotional perspective and how you would support them from the clinical side.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "I would be very sensitive to this situation and address it with the patient privately. I would never pry or force someone to tell me anything, but I would ask appropriate questions and, based on their responses, act accordingly. If they acknowledge they were being abused, I would offer all available resources to help them get the safety and care they need."

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    Correctional Facility

    41. What responsibilities do you anticipate in this role?

      How to Answer

      Be sure to read the job description carefully so that you fully understand the responsibilities and duties required. Give the interviewer an overview of the responsibilities you anticipate having and call out any that are specific to corrections facilities in general to demonstrate your clear understanding. You can also take this opportunity to mention if you have experience with the type of responsibilities required in this role.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "If I understood the job description correctly, I would be responsible for assessing new inmates, treating acute illnesses, conducting psychiatric evaluations, assisting with detox plans, and providing a response to emergency situations. While I have not worked in corrections before, I do have experience with all of these areas of responsibility from my time at the local hospital. Are there any other major responsibilities that I might have missed?"

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    Correctional Facility

    42. Since many inmates are confined in close quarters, how do you prevent and stop the spread of illness among the population?

      How to Answer

      Correctional facilities are at high-risk for infectious diseases and illnesses spreading rapidly. Give examples of how you effectively prevent and stop the spread of illness in settings such as this.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      1st Answer Example

      "I understand the importance of infection control in a correctional facility and follow every process and protocol to reduce the spread of infection or disease among the population. I also strive to educate patients and staff on best practices relating to hygiene, handwashing, and wearing proper PPE when dealing with certain illnesses."

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    43. What are some unique challenges you find working in a correctional facility?

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      As a nurse practitioner in a correctional facility, you will primarily be responsible for the examination, rounding, and treatment of inmates. Consider what challenges you may face in this setting versus a traditional primary care practice or hospital. Whether it's challenges relating to safety or the prevention of disease in dense populations, or something else, give an honest answer about the challenges you foresee.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      1st Answer Example

      "There is a safety risk in almost every setting; however, it's substantially higher when working in a correctional facility. Working in a correctional facility can be unpredictable. Some days you are treating emergencies, and others, you may be treating psychiatric issues, so the ability to think and react quickly is important. This, coupled with being on constant alert and keeping your guard up to ensure you're safe when working with inmates, can be exhausting. It's important to maintain a healthy work-life balance and practice self-care to keep from becoming burnt out."

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    44. How do you maintain healthy boundaries with your patients?

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      You need to recognize that patient/provider relationships are very different in correctional facilities. You cannot let your guard down and must take necessary precautions to minimize risks. Make your understanding of this clear to the interviewer and discuss techniques that you use to set clear professional boundaries with patients.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      1st Answer Example

      "In this environment, you cannot let your guard down. I never disclose or share personal information, and I keep my conversations professional at all times. If a patient tries to begin an emotional relationship or discusses inappropriate things, I redirect them to the task at hand, which is to diagnose and treat their health issue. I always document my patient visits and include such instances in my documentation."

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    45. How do you feel about treating people who may have committed violent crimes?

      How to Answer

      As a nurse practitioner in a correctional facility, you'll be treating inmates who have committed crimes, some violent. The interviewer wants to be certain that you, as a medical professional, are going to remain impartial and provide quality care to those in need. Reassure the interviewer that you are able to remove personal bias and opinions and are committed to doing the job to the best of your ability.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "In this setting, I focus on my job, which is to provide care to those in need. I try to remove all personal opinions and feelings and always remain professional and provide the same exceptional level of care to all. I do take my safety seriously and would ensure I follow all facility processes and protocols to protect myself while providing treatment."

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    Hospital

    46. How do you handle a patient who is agitated?

      How to Answer

      As an NP, you will likely encounter an agitated patient at some point. The interviewer can learn a lot from your answer about your communication skills, ability to de-escalate situations, work under pressure, and problem-solve. Give examples of settings where you've worked with agitated patients and techniques that you use to provide care and de-escalate the situation.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      1st Answer Example

      "Because I have worked with patients with Alzheimer's for years, I am familiar with ways to treat and care for those who are agitated. I always approach them calmly and slowly, and I'm patient as I try to calm them enough to have a conversation or to provide treatment. I never take it personally when an agitated patient says something hurtful. If I find that a family member can assist in the situation, I will try to make my rounds at times I know that family member will be there or another staff member who has a good relationship with that patient."

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    Hospital

    47. What is your experience level and understanding of HIPAA?

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      Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act is a Federal law that restricts access to individuals' private medical information. Knowledge of what HIPAA is and what it means in the workplace is critical, as violations of this law could result in hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines and lawsuits for the employer. Speak about what knowledge and experience you have relating to following HIPAA policies.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "I am familiar with HIPAA and complete annual training on the topic. I take patient privacy very seriously and protect it at all times. My workstation is always locked when I'm away from my desk. When I deal with patient family and friends inquiring about patient statuses, I always check their file to see who they have given consent to receive information."

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    Hospital

    48. How do you handle a disagreement with a physician?

      How to Answer

      Many providers can be on the care team in a hospital setting, so collaboration is crucial. The interviewer wants to understand your interpersonal, communication, and conflict-resolution skills. Give an example of a time you disagreed with a physician regarding a diagnosis, treatment plan, etc., and how you resolved the disagreement. Refrain from speaking negatively about the physician or the company when giving your answer.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

      1st Answer Example

      "As a new NP, I did run into this situation when treating a patient during my first month at the hospital. I was working under an attending physician, helping him do rounds, and there was a very complex patient with many chronic illnesses. I recommended a treatment plan for that patient, and the physician disagreed. Because it was his patient with whom he had a history, I supported his recommendation, and then later, we had a debrief of sorts. I asked him to walk me through his thinking and decision-making, so I could better understand how we came to different treatment options. It was a good learning experience and helped me develop diagnosing skills with complex patients."

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    49. What types of hospital units do you have experience working in?

      How to Answer

      Most hospitals have many different units, including pediatrics, cardiology, emergency services, obstetrics, ICU, surgical, etc. The interviewer would like to learn more about your background and experience with these types of units. Describe your experience, whether through your clinicals or actual work experience and note any that you enjoy or prefer working in.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "I have five total years working in a hospital setting and because I worked as a float NP, I have experience working on the pediatric, cardiology, and emergency service units. I really enjoy working with diverse patient populations and I do not have a preference of what units I would be assigned."

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    50. If you saw a nurse aide failing to follow safety precautions, what would you do?

      How to Answer

      In a hospital setting, many safety precautions and protocols are in place that are essential to protecting the health and safety of patients, visitors, and staff. The interviewer wants to learn more about how you would react if you observed someone putting the health or safety of others at risk. If you have experienced this situation, give an example of what happened and how you addressed it. If you have not encountered this type of situation, describe how you would follow a company policy.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "I once observed a colleague failing to change their gloves in between patient rooms. This is a major failure of protocol, so I quickly pulled her to the side and reminded her of our policy and the importance of adhering to it to prevent the spread of illness and germs. I notified the shift supervisor as well so that they could monitor the situation and provide further education as necessary."

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    51. How do you care for patients who cannot communicate?

      How to Answer

      In a nursing home setting, you may care for patients who are nonverbal due to a stroke, dementia-related illness, or other injuries or disabilities. Demonstrate that you treat them with the same respect and deliver the same quality care you would to other patients. You can acknowledge that these patients may require more time, patience, and reassurance. Give examples of ways you communicate and care for these types of patients. Perhaps you know sign language, communicate with pen and paper, read lips, or look for nonverbal signals like a smile, nod, etc.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "Just because a patient cannot speak or is in a vegetative state does not mean they cannot think and feel. It's important to remember that when caring for non-communicative patients and to treat them with the same respect and care you would with other patients. For example, I knock when entering the room, introduce myself, and explain why I'm in their room. I will explain each step of what I'm doing; for instance, if I'm checking their vitals, I explain what I'm going to do before I do it and as I move through the clinical process. I look for non-verbal cues for signs of pain or discomfort, fear, or anxiety. Often, patients can still communicate with a smile, a nod, etc., so it's important to be on the lookout for nonverbal cues. I also use close-ended questions that require a yes or no if they can shake their head. Lastly, if they can write, I will provide a pen and paper to communicate, and I'm very patient throughout the process."

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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    Nursing Home

    52. What experience do you have treating patients with memory impairment or dementia?

      How to Answer

      Working with patients affected by memory impairment disorders can be challenging. The interviewer would like to know more about your experience in this area. Describe the setting and years of experience you have. Provide insight into what you enjoy about working with these patients and offer any specific skills, approaches, or techniques you utilize as a nurse practitioner.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "I have worked with patients with cognitive impairments for about five years. I know it's especially important to maintain routines when working with these types of patients, so I keep a strict schedule of rounding so as not to disrupt them. My approach is always gentle and patient, knowing many are not sure who I am and can be apprehensive or even afraid of me and that can be very stressful for them. I introduce myself each time, and when speaking, I use simple language to help them understand as best they can. I enjoy working with this patient population and providing them with compassionate care."

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    Nursing Home

    53. Tell me about a time you dealt with a difficult family member of a resident.

      How to Answer

      As a nurse practitioner in a skilled nursing facility, you will often come in contact with friends and family members of residents. They may have questions about their loved one's treatment plan or concerns about the medications they are being given and they may come to you for answers. Often times, a family member may become agitated or frustrated so it's important to demonstrate that you can handle these types of situations with compassion and professionalism. Give an example of a time you dealt with a difficult family member of a resident and describe the situation and how you resolved the conflict.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "When I was in clinicals, family members were often reluctant for us to care for and treat their family members. I never took it personally and never became defensive. I would let them voice their concerns, and I would address them calmly and professionally, reassuring them of my training and qualifications and my instructor's oversight. I would allow them to ask questions, and I would answer them to the best of my ability, but if they still refused, I would excuse myself."

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    54. What experience do you have and what do you enjoy about working with the geriatric population?

      How to Answer

      Most nursing home residents are older adults and the elderly, so the interviewer will likely want to understand your experience working with this population. Explain how many years and in what setting you have worked with geriatric patients and give a genuine answer about what you enjoy most about working with them!

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "During clinicals, I worked with pediatrics, young adults, and the elderly, and I enjoyed my time most with the elderly. I have always been passionate about serving the geriatric population. Many of them did not have friends or family that visited, and I enjoyed being able to provide not only care but also compassion and friendship to those patients."

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    55. Are you comfortable being the lone advanced practice medical professional on duty?

      How to Answer

      Often times, nurse practitioners have great autonomy as the only advanced practice medical professional in the facility. In addition to patient care, nurse practitioners in this setting also provide leadership by educating staff nurses, directing medical codes, and collaborating with families and therapy services. Give an honest answer as to whether you would be comfortable in this setting being the most advanced practitioner and describe any related experience.

      Written by Jaymie Payne on January 31st, 2023

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      "I'm comfortable in this setting as it's similar to my current structure. I oversee the day-to-day medical record reviews, medication reconciliations, treatment planning and rounding, follow-up care and referrals, and advanced care planning. When I need a second opinion or higher-level approval, I'm comfortable calling the physician who provides my oversight. I am a natural leader, so I love to engage the floor nurses in training and education where needed as well."

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