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34 Nursing Interview Questions

By: Heather Douglass

Question 1 of 34
Are you specialized in a particular area of nursing, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?
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How to Answer
On this particular question, the interviewer is looking to hear from you where your passions fall in the nursing field. They can tell where your experience comes from in your resume and now it is time to showcase your passion for the job that you are interviewing for.

If you are interviewing for a specialty area within nursing that you have worked in the past, talk about your interests in that area and why the job is important to you. If you are interviewing for a new specialty area of care, look to point out similarities of your past duties and experiences and how they will translate to this potential new job. New graduates to the nursing field should talk about their clinical experiences and why they see this job as the best fit for their career.

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Question 2 of 34
Tell me about your IV skills. Are you able to start an IV?
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One of the skills many nurses will be expected to have is starting intravenous lines (IVs). IVs can be used for many purposes including administering fluids, blood transfusions, and medications. Proper delivery of IV therapy is extremely important because if the therapy is delivered incorrectly, the patient's life could be put in danger. In order for IV therapy to be properly administered, the IV must be inserted into the vein properly, which requires a specific skill-set and the ability to follow protocols. To successfully answer this question, the candidate should elaborate on their ability and experience in starting and managing IVs. A more successful answer would include an example of when the candidate successfully handled a difficult circumstance while starting and/or managing and IV.

Question 3 of 34
What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.
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Any experienced nurse has had to deal with a patient that was unruly, untruthful or just downright mean. For this question, be sure to provide a specific time where you had to handle a patient like this, how you handled the situation and what the final outcome was. The interviewer is looking for you to stay calm, cool and collected despite wanting to fight back.

Question 4 of 34
How do you stay current on the latest health research?
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The healthcare field is continually changing with new technology and research methods. Due to this, most healthcare organizations require nurses to attend continuing education courses. On top of required education, many nurses choose to stay up to speed in their field by attending training, reading publications or participating in workshops. To successfully answer this question, candidates should talk about one of the most recent training sessions they attended and expand on their particular interests in learning more in the nursing field and how they educate themselves.

Question 5 of 34
How many patients is a full workload for you?
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This is a question where you can open up and be honest with your past experiences and what you feel comfortable working with. Each facility/unit/department has different patients with different acuity levels, so the exact number of patients can vary from department to department. This is a good time to emphasize how you keep yourself organized in your work and let the interviewer know that you can take on any workload that comes your way.

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Kelly Burlison, MPH is an experienced professional with over ten years of experience in the health care field, half of which are focused in IT subindustry of health care. As an administrator in a managed care organization, Kelly has successfully interviewed and hired many clinical and support staff positions. Through her IT experience in the health care field, which includes roles in telemedicine, registry operations, quality measurement, and business process management, Kelly has been involved in the interview process for many different positions, from entry-level to executive.
First written on: 05/17/2018
Last modified on: 03/17/2019

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About Nursing

March 18th, 2019

As a Nurse, you are a healthcare professional that serves on a multidisciplinary team to provide care and education to patients and their families. A few of your duties include performing physical exams and health histories, providing health promotion, counseling, and education. You may also administer medications, wound care, and numerous other personalized interventions. Daily, you interpret patient information and make critical decisions. If you have many years of experience, you may direct and supervise care delivered by other healthcare personnel like LPNs and nurse aides. Your work experience will be asked about during your interview. Choose a few situations and scenarios that will make you stand out during the interview.

Your patience and empathy will be a few of your characteristics tested on a daily basis. As a nurse, you may interview for a position in hospitals, nursing homes, medical offices, ambulatory care centers, community health centers, schools, and retail clinics. You may also have the opportunity to work in a camp, homeless shelter, prison, sporting events and tourist destinations. Education as a Nurse ranges from an Associates Degree in Nursing (ADN) to a Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP). Have a few details ready to share in regards to your education and specialties.

To prepare for your interview you'll want to highlight a few key things that will make you stand out from the rest of the candidates. Something unique about your education, internship or about your past work history. Because networking is so important, feel free to name drop your mentor or colleague that supports you during your job search. Having a letter of recommendation or someone willing to make a call on your behalf could help you get that job offer. Follow your interview with a thank you note or email. Be sure to thank the interviewer for their time and leave your contact information behind.