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Pediatric Nurse Interview Questions

30 Pediatric Nurse Interview Questions
Question 1 of 30
Would you comfortable responding to CODES in our hospital?
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Responding to a code blue or code pink can shake you to your core. The most important thing to relay to your interviewer is that you stay calm and gather the facts. Let the interviewer know that you currently train weekly/monthly on these codes, how to respond and work through a number of situations for practice.

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"I am comfortable responding to CODES. Every situation is different, gives the opportunity to work as a team and there is always something to learn from each situation."
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Question 2 of 30
Have you ever filled the role of a family advocate?
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As a Pediatric Nurse, you serve as a family advocate, communicator, liaison, educator, interpreter, and caregiver. You promote, advocate for, and strives to protect the health, safety, and rights of your patient. Many times the youngest of patients have been traumatized by child abuse, sexual assault or exposure to violence or homicide. It is your job to stand up and advocate for the child. Let the interviewer know that you will provide educational and supportive resources to the families, answers questions, and provide guidance throughout the process.

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"I serve as the family advocate every time I have a warm handoff to another medical provider. It is important to me to be able to represent the patient and be a part of providing the best healthcare to the patient."
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Question 3 of 30
What questions do you have for us?
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Now is your time to get answers to your questions that have come up based on your grueling interview. Steer clear of salary, benefit and other questions that might make you sound pushy or that you are trying to negotiate the terms of a job that hasn't been offered to you yet. Take this time to clarify questions of what hours you will be working, what type of patients they see most of and why the interviewer enjoys working for this hospital.

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"Why do you enjoy working here?"
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Question 4 of 30
Do you consider yourself a good leader?
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As a Pediatric Nurse, you know that you have to be a good follower in order to be a good leader. Tell the interviewer about the characteristics you possess as a good leader. Do you listen and empower your co-workers when working within a multi-disciplinary team? Is your work ethic and integrity one that other's strive to learn? Tell the interviewer about a time that you led your team to success. Do you have a past supervisor that can validate your leadership capabilities? Leave that letter of recommendation in the hands of the interviewer at the end of the interview.

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"I do consider myself a good leader. Although I haven't held a supervisory role, I do have the qualities that a good leader should have. I listen and empower my coworkers and work alongside them to help them get the job done."
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Question 5 of 30
Describe a time that you made a suggestion in the work place.
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Question 6 of 30
Tell me about a stressful clinical situation and how you handled it.
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Question 7 of 30
What are your interests outside of work?
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Question 8 of 30
Who is your mentor?
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Question 9 of 30
How did you learn about this position?
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Question 10 of 30
What is your salary expectations?
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Author of Pediatric Nurse Answers and Questions

Heather Douglass
Heather Douglass has over 20 years experience recruiting and hiring candidates. She has a knack for resume writing. You can find her on twitter at @heatherinidaho.
First written on: 02/09/2017
Last modified on: 08/30/2018

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Question 11 of 30
Why did you apply to our facility?
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Question 12 of 30
How do you manage your work stress?
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Question 13 of 30
Have you ever needed to have a difficult conversation with a parent?
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Question 14 of 30
You need to administer vision and hearing screenings for 30 kindergartners at the local school. How do you organize this?
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Question 15 of 30
What are some injury prevention strategies you would share with parents
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Question 16 of 30
Your patients immunizations are due and the mother is insistent they are not. What do you do?
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Question 17 of 30
We will need you to monitor the medication management program at our school. What experience do you have monitoring a program like this and administering medication to children?
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Question 18 of 30
What is your experience working in an intensive care unit?
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Question 19 of 30
What experience do you have working with children?
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Question 20 of 30
Are you comfortable organizing staff and workload?
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Question 21 of 30
How are your administrative skills?
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Question 22 of 30
Your patient is visually upset about a simple procedure. How do you put his mind at ease?
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Question 23 of 30
Describe a time you've needed to be flexible with your treatment options?
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Question 24 of 30
Are you available to work nights?
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Question 25 of 30
How do you educate parents about disease prevention?
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Question 26 of 30
How many patients is a full workload for you?
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Question 27 of 30
Your young patient is anxious about having their blood pressure read. How do you put the patient at ease?
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Question 28 of 30
A patient comes it with health concerns and her skin looks orange. How do you discuss this concern with the parents?
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Question 29 of 30
A mother's new baby is not thriving as it should. Who would you consult?
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Question 30 of 30
A new parent is concerned about ADHD. What advice to you give them?
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About Pediatric Nurse

August 21st, 2018

Pediatric Nurses devote their knowledge and skills to caring for children from infancy through the late teen years. Pediatric nurses perform physical examinations, measure vital statistics, take blood and urine samples and order diagnostic tests. In addition to clinical duties, Pediatric Nurses educate parents about how to care for their children. Prevention and health education is a big part of pediatric nursing. Pediatric nurses work in doctor’s offices, clinics, hospitals, surgical centers. Pediatric nurses also work in schools, private practice, community groups and other organizations that provide outpatient and preventive health care services for children.

If you've always liked animal stethoscope covers, finger puppets for cranial nerve tests and you find missing quarters in children's ears you're a Pediatric Nurse with wild imagination and a passion for helping children. Your Critical-Thinking Skills are top notch as a Pediatric nurse. The candidates ability to assess the patient's health, detect changes in symptoms, health or pain, and know when action is necessary are vital in this role. As a Pediatric Nurse you've earned your bachelor's in nursing.

Being a Pediatric Nurse is all about compassion, patience and being calm under pressure. Have a few brief situational stories in your back pocket to share with the interviewer. The interviewer will see you're good on paper, they will want to hear about situations you excelled in as well as struggled with. How is your mental endurance? Do you thrive in a fast paced environment? Show the interviewer that you can think on your feet and make good decisions.

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