Top 25 Nursing Interview Questions
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Nursing
June 16th, 2015

A nurse is a healthcare professional who, in collaboration with other members of a health care team, is responsible for: treatment, safety, and recovery of acutely or chronically ill individuals; health promotion and maintenance within families, communities and populations; and, treatment of life-threatening emergencies in a wide range of health care settings. Nurses perform a wide range of clinical and non-clinical functions necessary to the delivery of health care, and may also be involved in medical and nursing research.
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Nursing Interview Questions
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Are you specialized in a particular area, i.e. neo-natal, pediatric, geriatric, or women's health?
 
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As a graduate nurse, I am yet to work in a specialty area. However, I have had a placement at a neurosurgical ward.
 
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How would you deal with someone you observed working outside the scope of his/her job?
 
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Have not had that experience.
 
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2 yrs in emergency after that I was moved in ot 7yrs.
 
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I am currently working in the ED
 
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When a patient passes, how do you respond when family members arrive?
 
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I am so sorry to inform you that your loved one has passed.
 
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I have helped him/her from the core of heart.
 
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I will support to resident emotiona that it is natural everyone has to go.
 
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Ask them to come to the quiet area of the waiting room and let them know what happened using therapeutic communication.
 
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I would tell them I am so sorry, your dtr, mom has passed. Is there anything I can do for you?
 
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What is your favorite type of patient?
 
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A challenging one that I need to utilize all of my resources, experience and training to provide the best patient care.
 
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All patient are my favorite type because everyone is different.
 
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Patient who can ambulate well and that has good family support.
 
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A patient that is appreciative of the care they are receiving. A patient that cooperates and is willing to do what is necessary to improve upon while they are under our care. Of course, finding a perfect patient will not always happen and you have to adapt and be just as courteous to a patient no matter how they behave.
 
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What was your least favorite patient? What was the situation.
 
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An elderly, he slapped me cause he was an agressive patient.
 
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The patient who I was not able to provide pain relief as she was an addict, neither pharmacologic or non pharm was able to manage her pain.
 
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I had a patient who's pain control was unmanageable. I notified the charge nurse and we notified the physician to get a different medication or dose that would be more therapeutic, but the physician declined the request. Still advocating for my patient we tried different nonpharma interventions but his painw as still unmanagable. I didnt like that we couldnt make him pain free.
 
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Can you explain in detail how you would appropriately transfer a resident from a bed to a wheel chair?
 
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Take the wheel chair near the bed side stand the pt and comfertabily shift the pt to bed.
 
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It would depend on the patients neurological status, ability to ambulate, and if they were on fall precautions. If the patient was at risk for falls they may require one person, or two person assist. The most important aspect of transferring is to make sure that the wheel chair is locked, the bed is locked and in the lowest position, the head of the bed is raised, and their are no cords that would cause a patient to trip. Then I would move the legs to the edge of the bed, allowing time for the patient to adjust to the position change. This is because a patient may suffer from orthostatic hypotension. Next I would provide support under the arms for a patient and instruct them that I am going to help them into a wheel chair.
 
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Explain to pt what and how I will transfer: Place wc next to the bed facing the pt, lock wheels, raise the head of the bed, ask the client to push off of the bed to help them sit up, ask pt if they can swing their legs over, if not provide assistance, put gait belt on, have pt put hands on top of my shoulders, grab gait belt, suggest on my count of 3 to stand, gently rock pt back and forth, stand, let pt know we will rotate with small steps until their back is to the chair, then back them up two steps, let them know when they feel the back of the chair on their knees to let me know, check to be sure, then assist them to sit down while still holding onto the gait belt.
 
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First I should provide the comfort position side lying and then slowly slowly sitting position should provide and gave foot stool to support the patient.
 
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You would introduce yourself and make sure you're with the right patient. You help them over the side of the bed and put a gait belt around their waist. You help them up and, depending on the patient's ability to bear weight, you either pivot them into the chair or have them walk at least ten steps to their chair. Make sure the bed and the wheelchair are locked and that you are right behind and beside them for safety.
 
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How do you stay current on the latest health research?
 
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Nursing childen and young people.
 
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Operating room nurses association of canada.
 
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Only nursing journals i have read are the scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that we need for research papers and class exercises.
 
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What questions do you have for me?
 
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What is the pay? Does the job offer any benefits? What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?How long are your shifts -- eight, 10 or 12 hours?How do you go about scheduling? Is self-scheduling an option, or does someone else dictate the schedule?How long have most nurses been on the unit?
 
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What does a typical week look like in this job?
 
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How would you describe your communication style?
 
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Define pro-active and give me an example of a time when you behaved this way.
 
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The prior nurse forgot to inform me about a patients condition. We reviewed the miss communication the following day.
 
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Arrange a time to talk to the person to get the details ironed out.
 
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How do you use your downtime?
 
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I will again search around anything I missed or not.
 
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I would recheck if I have really accomplished all my duties and obligations on my shift, then I would talk to my patient make sure she is stable and all her needs were met, and if she needs anything before I leave. Maybe helpout other co-workers if they are getting behind their schedules.
 
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Double check to make sure everything is done, charting, medication cart, empty garbages, clean cart.
 
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Either prepare for my next shift, by reviewing patients. Or, talk to the next scheduled nurse and keep her up to date on the day.
 
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Iwill recheck all my patients once again.and i will check for any pending works.
 
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