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Top 30 Nurse Practitioner Interview Questions

Question 1 of 30
What is your daily approach to setting priorities while managing multiple tasks as a Nurse Practitioner?
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Question 2 of 30
Even with your advanced education, how do you plan to learn more as an NP, as you go through your career?
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"I am so happy to have completed my last certification for my Nurse Practitioner license after being in school for so many years. However, I recently enrolled in a weekend course through the American Heart Association that will allow me to teach CPR classes at my local middle school. I'm excited to give back to my community. I may also look at taking a few management classes next summer."
If you have plans to take professional courses, obtain new certifications or focus on personal growth, you should highlight them here. You may also want to mention a class or volunteer position you have in order to could highlight your commitment to professional growth.
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Question 3 of 30
When did you realize you are comfortable making tough decisions in regards to a patients care?
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"I think my confidence in making tough decisions has grown over the years. As a new RN, I was a bit more hesitant to make quick decisions and learned a great deal from the more tenured nurses on my team. Now, with my added education as an 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."
Your answer and the way that you answer will tell the interviewer how you go about your work day. Answer calmly, clearly and confidently. 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.
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Question 4 of 30
How have you managed 8 years of schooling, family, and a personal life?
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"It has been a busy few years but I'm very excited to be completing my Nurse Practitioner degree this summer. I'm even more excited to get started with a great company. Over the years, I have learned how to effectively manage my home duties, school work and even my hobbies - such as hiking and biking. For me, staying active and being outdoors helps balance out those long hours studying."
Form your answer in a way that allows you to share your focus and determination to your carer path. You do not need to share anything too personal here - in fact, try to keep it general. This will allow the recruiter to focus on your skills versus your personal details.
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Question 5 of 30
How do you gain a physician's trust and respect?
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Question 6 of 30
How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?
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Question 7 of 30
How do you ensure that you provide a high level of customer service to patients and patients families?
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Question 8 of 30
What is your ideal physican to work with?
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Question 9 of 30
Tell me about a crisis situation you faced at work. How were you a part of the solution?
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Question 10 of 30
What are your salary requirements?
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Question 11 of 30
What motivates you as a Nurse Practitioner?
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Question 12 of 30
Tell me about a time that you needed to collaborate with the care team (such as RN's and physicians) to create a care plan for a patient. What went well? What did not go as well as it could have?
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Question 13 of 30
Do you have any other certifications or professional accreditation's that you think enhance your qualifications for this role?
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Question 14 of 30
What type of settings have you worked in, either as an RN or as a Nurse Practitioner?
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Question 15 of 30
How do you stay current on new medical findings, publications and innovations that could affect your role as a Nurse Practitioner and the care you can provide to your patients?
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Question 16 of 30
Do you currently, or have you ever, had any restrictions on your RN or NP license?
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Question 17 of 30
What type of nurse do you dislike working with?
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Question 18 of 30
Tell us about your community involvement?
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Question 19 of 30
What can you bring to our practice? Why should we hire you over any other NP?
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Question 20 of 30
Why did you choose a career as a Nurse Practitioner?
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Question 21 of 30
What do you like most about being a nurse?
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Question 22 of 30
If you could change anything about your job, what would it be?
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Question 23 of 30
How did your experience as an RN, whether in clinicals or on the job, affect how you do your job as an NP?
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Question 24 of 30
What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?
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Question 25 of 30
What type of nursing tasks do you find most challenging?
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Question 26 of 30
What training did you find most enjoyable?
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Question 27 of 30
What unit do you enjoy working on the most?
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Question 28 of 30
What do you know about our Hospital/Organization?
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Question 29 of 30
Why do you want to work in this Hospital?
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Question 30 of 30
Why did you choose to advance your studies and become a Nurse Practitioner, even beyond your RN degree?
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Question 1 of 30
What is your daily approach to setting priorities while managing multiple tasks as a Nurse Practitioner?
Question 2 of 30
Even with your advanced education, how do you plan to learn more as an NP, as you go through your career?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I feel it will be more structured and formal to advance my practice.
Question 3 of 30
When did you realize you are comfortable making tough decisions in regards to a patients care?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I would say within 1 year of working on the intensive care unit.
2.
Having worked in a critical care area, I care for many patients who were at end of life, or had very low quality of life. What helped me to gain confidence in speaking with families and patients about difficult situations was time and experience. I try to envision each patient as my own family member, and therefore I am honest with them and their families.
3.
When I became a case manager in 2005. My varied nursing experience has proven to me that not health care situations are going to turn out the way the patient or family would like for them to. The hard talks become easier when a relationship is established with the patient and their family.
4.
I have practised as a senior nurse now for several years therefore several years ago approximately 14 years ago she I got my first promotion and as such was responsible for making tough decisions as the most senior nurse in charge of a team and patient care. Several years following as an autonomous practitioner this has happened daily.
5.
The most influential job I had was working in the CCU post open heart recovery team. I was given patients who were just out of surgery and it was my job to "bring them back". The trust from the doctors and great mentors gave me the.
Question 4 of 30
How have you managed 8 years of schooling, family, and a personal life?
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I am very disciplined. I don't make social life a priority.
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During my two and a half years in graduate school, I became engaged, got married and had our first child. The key to being successful is to keep a good balance. I stayed part time at work in order to keep my skills current, I set aside time each night for my family. It helped to have an understanding and supportive family who accepted when I needed some alone time to study or finish a paper.
3.
When I went into this, I explained to my family and friends about the sacrifice I would be making as far as spending time with them. After I graduated, I apologized to them all for neglecting them. Surprisingly, not one of them felt like they had been neglected during the last 2.3 years.
4.
I balance my life carefully to give my best when at work but also by enabling enough free time to pursue hobbies and interests which ensures my psychological wellbeing.
5.
I am incredible lucky to have such a supportive husband who supports me in following my dreams. We work really hard to maintain a great work/life balance. We had one child while I was still in school and I couldn't have done it without him.
Question 5 of 30
How do you gain a physician's trust and respect?
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1.
Showing confidence and competency.
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Establishing open and honest communication lines have always been how I trust others, and I tend to practice that in order to establish trust with colleagues. If I feel uncomfortable or need a second opinion, I make sure to be honest and communicate. I believe that helps to establish both trust and respect.
3.
Gaining trust takes time. Physicians have to learn that you mean what you way and say what you mean. Physicians also have to watch your practice and realize that you maintain high standards and to the right thing even when no one is looking.
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Good communications skills are essential here as you give them as much respect as you expect in return. I have also found this comes when they get to know you and your competence.
5.
It is important to always know your own weaknesses. Physicians I have worked with have given me direct feedback about this. They say they trust me because I am not afraid to bounce off ideas with them when I have a difficult case. Mutual respect is what is required in a team approached healthcare system like we have now.
Question 6 of 30
How do you feel when a physician criticizes your work?
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I feel that taking criticism is a necessity in any line of work. There are some physicians that abrasively criticize and there are those who use their dialogue as a teaching moment. I, of course, am more receptive to the latter, as anyone would be. In the end, any critique can be taken and can direct growth. I hope to be part of a group of professionals who respect one another, teach one another, and hold each other accountable when necessary.
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Awful, but constructive criticism will make you a better provider and NP
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As a nurse, there have been times that my plan of care and the physician's plan of care differed, and in those moments I had to put ego aside and remember that the main focus is the best outcome for the patient.
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I try to not take criticism personally but rather look on it as an opportunity to re-evaluate the way I work. There are multiple ways to do any one particular task and I could learn a way I had not previously considered.
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I feel I have to pursue it as someone who feels I always practice to a high standard by pursuing it I can establish and take it on board if it is constructive criticism however I am also confident enough to know when criticism is not constructive and discuss this with the person involved.
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Interested. It is important to have feedback and to look at things in different ways. There is never just one right answer in medicine.
Question 7 of 30
How do you ensure that you provide a high level of customer service to patients and patients families?
Question 8 of 30
What is your ideal physican to work with?
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One who gives me the right amount of space to learn myself but us also ready and willing to provide clinical support.
Question 9 of 30
Tell me about a crisis situation you faced at work. How were you a part of the solution?
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I perform better under pressure as I find it helps me think and find solutions quickly.
Question 10 of 30
What are your salary requirements?
Question 11 of 30
What motivates you as a Nurse Practitioner?
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1.
To be an expert practioner is a natural profession to my career.
Question 12 of 30
Tell me about a time that you needed to collaborate with the care team (such as RN's and physicians) to create a care plan for a patient. What went well? What did not go as well as it could have?
Question 13 of 30
Do you have any other certifications or professional accreditation's that you think enhance your qualifications for this role?
Question 14 of 30
What type of settings have you worked in, either as an RN or as a Nurse Practitioner?
Question 15 of 30
How do you stay current on new medical findings, publications and innovations that could affect your role as a Nurse Practitioner and the care you can provide to your patients?
Question 16 of 30
Do you currently, or have you ever, had any restrictions on your RN or NP license?
Question 17 of 30
What type of nurse do you dislike working with?
Question 18 of 30
Tell us about your community involvement?
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1.
Yes I have several interests outside work.
Question 19 of 30
What can you bring to our practice? Why should we hire you over any other NP?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
I already have a demonstrated academic competence and have completed some of the course requirements already. I am a good leader and continue to demonstrate this. I show a good relationship with the doctors already including consultants. I have a demonstrated career as an autonomous expert practitioner in several fields. I am a non medical prescribed.
Question 20 of 30
Why did you choose a career as a Nurse Practitioner?
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Because after several years as an autonomous practitioner I wanted to advance my practice.
Question 21 of 30
What do you like most about being a nurse?
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The ability to both provide expert clinical care but provide the basic caring elements too.
Question 22 of 30
If you could change anything about your job, what would it be?
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1.
I find it frustrating how specialities aren't always utilised as quickly as they should be.
Question 23 of 30
How did your experience as an RN, whether in clinicals or on the job, affect how you do your job as an NP?
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1.
As an autonomous practioner who has studied at masters level both gave me the qualities to be an advanced practioner.
Question 24 of 30
What qualities does a great leader have? Which do you possess?
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A good communicator, delegator, using intuition, and sense of humor.
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I believe that a great leader has a mixture of compromise, authority and compassion. Being able to see the bigger picture for the greater of the group is an important skill that I possess.
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A great leader has qualities that include decisiveness, justness, and visions for the common good. I believe that I possess all three. I am able to make a decision - it might not be right one - but I am not opposed to evaluating that decision and modifying it when necessary. I believe in justness - not fairness - I don't think fairness is always obtainable because some one will invaribly feel that they didn't get a fair shake. When working in an organization, itis necessary to have a vision of the goal of the organization and plan steps to meet that goal.
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An excellent communicator. Able to identify peoples individual strengths and weakness and support them. Able to delegate and take responsibility for doing so. Remains calm in crisis and able to find the best solutions in a crisis. Approachable and able to deal with conflict rationally.
Question 25 of 30
What type of nursing tasks do you find most challenging?
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Dealing with violent and aggressive patients when it's not related to their condition.
Question 26 of 30
What training did you find most enjoyable?
Question 27 of 30
What unit do you enjoy working on the most?
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1.
Critical care however I adapt well to any clinical area.
Question 28 of 30
What do you know about our Hospital/Organization?
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I have researched it thoroughly and know about your core beliefs.
Question 29 of 30
Why do you want to work in this Hospital?
Question 30 of 30
Why did you choose to advance your studies and become a Nurse Practitioner, even beyond your RN degree?
User-Submitted Answers
1.
To be an expert in advanced clinical pactice.

About Nurse Practitioner

October 25th, 2017

Nurse Practitioners (also called NP's) are advanced, state-licensed, registered nurses who are capable of treating particular medical conditions without physician supervision. As a Nurse Practitioner, you may have the ability to prescribe and adjust medications. You may have worked as registered nurses for a few years before making the decision to expand your credentials.

A few skills needed to be a successful Nurse Practitioner is confidence in your abilitiy as a nurse, stellar communication between patients and physicians, the desire to lead a team, the ability to work under pressure and compassion to work with a broad range of patients. Common skills such as being highly professional, compassionate, punctual, responsible and knowledgeable in your craft will help you excel in a nurse practitioner position.

To prepare for your interview you will want to do your research on the company you are applying to. You will face a series of challenging questions, ranging from skill-based scenario questions on how you perform during your career as an RN as well as questions about your knowledge in your specialized field of medicine. Highlight your ability to multi-task and juggle high-priority tasks. Have examples of your results, your thought process, and your ability to work with the larger patient care team. Keep a positive attitude throughout the interview and be passionate about the possibility of working for the interviewing company.

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