35+ TOP Nurse Practitioner Interview Questions & Answers
1. Why do you want to be a nurse?
I genuinely care about people. I never want to be in a situation where someone is in need of immediate medical assistance where I’m the only person nearby, but I don’t know what to do. Seeing someone suffering and knowing that there is nothing that you can do to help is the worst feeling.
2. Will you be working, etc. while working in the program?
I will be continuing my work in the ER full-time as long as it coordinates well with my schooling.
3. How do you respond to stress? Do you feel like you live a high-stress life?
I’m pretty good at keeping my cool. I’ve learned how to manage stress by staying organized to the best of my ability. I’m the type of person that writes To-Do Lists every morning. It’s easier for me to write things down to prevent confusion, and I have a pretty keen memory. I can prioritize well and handle several different things at once. Time-management is very important. I would not say that I live a high-stress life, but a little stress does me some good; it makes me prepare more and work harder.
4. What are your best (and worst) qualities? Why? How are you working to change the worst qualities?
My best qualities are reverence and compassion and determination. I appreciate life and I don’t discriminate. I believe that everyone deserves the same amount of care. I give everything my all. My worst qualities are my shyness definitely and perfectionism. I’ve had problems with paralyzed perfectionism, but I’ve learned how to deal. I focus on getting things done right away without procrastination.
5. Why did you choose this program? Did you apply to others? Were you accepted?
Convenience is definitely one reason. I have a great job that I really enjoy here in Williston, and I wouldn’t want to sacrifice that. I’ve known that I’ve wanted to be a nurse for a while now, and my coworkers have told me about Williston’s competitive excellent nursing program.
6. How would friends describe you? How does this compare with how you would describe yourself?
My friends would describe me as easy going and hard working. They wouldn’t call me shy, but I would. I just know them well enough to feel comfortable around them.
7. Do you have any concerns about the program? What are they and why? Ask questions!
My coworkers have gotten me pretty concerned about having to do tasks quickly and verbalizing what you’re doing at the same time, but I think I’ll manage. I have questions about the required equipment. I have my own stethoscope and sphygmomanometer. Would I have to buy a certain kind or would mine be sufficient?
8. What is the most difficult thing you have ever done? Why?
Having to step out of my comfort zone is difficult for me. Working the night shift, we get several intoxicated individuals. I’ve dealt with inappropriate men and women before. Once, I had to help a man use the restroom who was to drunk to help himself. This was difficult for me, but I put my emotions aside and considered the patient and the fact that he was not in the right state of mind. I don’t mind asking for help. This same man needed to be restrained a bit in order to have a CT done, so I asked help from one of the male nurses.
9. What attracts you to nursing? What do you find unappealing about nursing?
I like the idea of helping people and how rewarding that can be. What I find unappealing would be how I’ve seen nurses drained of their compassion. I’m pretty resilient. You have to le some things go like when a patient calls you something foul, because they’re in pain and won’t be acting in an acceptable manner.
10. What do you think a nurse’s responsibility is in today’s society?
A nurse’s responsibility is to aid in however way they can in easing the pain of a patient and prolonging their life guided by the orders of the doctor.
11. What kind of experiences have you had with nurses in your past?
Well, I work with nurses. The nurses have demonstrated to me how to do certain procedures like the insertion of catheters, insertion of NG tubes and several other similar procedures.
12. What qualities do you possess that will make a good nurse?
I’m disciplined, compassionate, eager to learn and help, and I don’t give up on people.
13. What area would you like to work in once you finish school, and why?
I like working in the ER. I like the endless excitement. I see so many different things, and I’ll never stop learning.
14. In regards to nursing, where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself working in the hospital setting still pursuing a higher education. Recently, I have been considering becoming a nurse practitioner, so I see myself attending school.
15. Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I will have moved up the career ladder, but I don’t see myself in Williston. I’ll be comfortable wherever I may be and with a family of my own.
16. How well do you get along with others?
I am an easy person to get along with. I’m sure some people dislike me in some way, but I can honestly say that I’ve never had a big dispute with anyone before. I’ve been annoyed with people who slack off, and cause myself or others to work hard to cover up their slack, but I have had no problem confronting them respectfully.
17. Are you a leader or a follower?
It depends on the situation. If I feel confident and knowledgeable in the subject, then yes I will take lead. But, if I know someone else is more qualified than myself, then I have no problem with stepping back.
18. Are you comfortable taking leadership roles?
Yes, if I know my stuff.
19. Are you willing to be a representative for a small group of people or the whole nursing program?
Yes, I like challenges and would love to take on a leadership role.
20. How do you deal with a situation when a person who does not know you has decided that he/she doesn’t like you?
I give them the chance to get to know me. I would try to befriend them subtly, because I would rather not have that tension.
21. What would you do if you noticed a classmate cheating?
I really can not tolerate someone cheating. Honesty is very important to me. I have forgotten to do an assignment before in high school, but I approached my teacher and accepted my fault rather than resorting to cheating. I would go first to the student and tell them to stop, or I might go straight to the teacher depending on the degree of cheating.
22. What is your definition of cheating?
Cheating is using someone else’s words and not properly citing your source. Your work should be in your own words and not just changing around a few words from another person.
23. Are you familiar with the APA style of writing and citing papers?
I am, but I am more familiar with MLA style. I refer to A Writer’s Reference when I’m unsure about citations.
24. What has been the most rewarding thing in your life thus far?
My schooling has been the most rewarding. Education is extremely important to me and opens many pathways. There are so many different opportunities.
25. What has been the most challenging thing in your life so far?
Accepting that you don’t always get what you want and learning to deal with my flaws.
26. What is the type of educator/supervisor you like most?
I like the very blunt ones. I want to be criticized, because I want to get better. My junior English teacher never hesitated to give her opinion, and she was an excellent teacher. I learned a lot from her. She was disliked by many students though, but she recognized hard work and gave positive feedback as well.
27. What are the main job duties and responsibilities of nurse practitioner employee?
nurse practitioner responsibilities are to analyze and interpret patients’ histories, symptoms, physical findings, or diagnostic information to develop appropriate diagnoses; consult with or refer patients to appropriate specialists when conditions exceed the scope of practice or expertise; counsel patients about drug regimens and possible side effects or interactions with other substances such as food supplements, over-the-counter (otc) medications, or herbal remedies; detect and respond to adverse drug reactions, with special attention to vulnerable populations such as infants, children, pregnant and lactating women, or older adults; diagnose or treat acute health care problems such as illnesses, infections, or injuries; diagnose or treat complex, unstable, comorbid, episodic, or emergency conditions in collaboration with other health care providers as necessary; educate patients about self-management of acute or chronic illnesses, tailoring instructions to patients’ individual circumstances; maintain complete and detailed records of patients’ health care plans and prognoses; order, perform, or interpret the results of diagnostic tests, such as complete blood counts (cbcs), electrocardiograms (ekgs), and radiographs (x-rays); prescribe medication dosages, routes, and frequencies based on patient characteristics such as age and gender; prescribe medications based on efficacy, safety, and cost as legally authorized;
provide patients or caregivers with assistance in locating health care resources; provide patients with information needed to promote health, reduce risk factors, or prevent disease or disability; read current literature, talk with colleagues, or participate in professional organizations or conferences to keep abreast of developments in nursing; recommend diagnostic or therapeutic interventions with attention to safety, cost, invasiveness, simplicity, acceptability, adherence, and efficacy; recommend interventions to modify behavior associated with health risks; supervise or coordinate patient care or support staff activities; treat or refer patients for primary care conditions, such as headaches, hypertension, urinary tract infections, upper respiratory infections, and dermatological conditions; develop treatment plans based on scientific rationale, standards of care, and professional practice guidelines; diagnose or treat chronic health care problems such as high blood pressure and diabetes; keep abreast of regulatory processes and payer systems such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed care, and private sources; maintain current knowledge of state legal regulations for nurse practitioner practice including reimbursement of services; maintain departmental policies and procedures in areas such as safety and infection control; perform primary care procedures such as suturing, splinting, administering immunizations, taking cultures, and debriding wounds; schedule follow-up visits to monitor patients or evaluate health or illness care; perform routine or annual physical examinations; advocate for accessible health care that minimizes environmental health risks.
28. What are the skills required for nurse practitioner employee in order to success in his work?
Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times, Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents, Using scientific rules and methods to solve problems, Talking to others to convey information effectively, Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
29. Describe the abilities you have in order to work with us as nurse practitioner?
I have the ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences, communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand, tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem, combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events), read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
30. What are the knowledge elements you obtained from your education, training and work experience would support your nurse practitioner career?
The Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures, human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders, plant and animal organisms, their tissues, cells, functions, interdependencies, and interactions with each other and the environment, the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar, principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.
31. How would you describe (needed nurse practitioner or your) work style?
My work style matching exactlty what cashier job requires by: being honest and ethical, being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations, being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks, being sensitive to others’ needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job, maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
32. What is a common misconception people have about what you do?
The biggest misconception is probably not knowing what scope of practice nurse practitioners have, what they can and cannot do, etc.
A family nurse practitioner, at least in the state of Washington, can practice independently. This varies from state to state. Many choose solo or group NP and MD outpatient practice, others work inpatient in an acute care setting. NP’s can order and interpret lab work and other tests, write prescriptions and refer to specialists much like you would expect when you “go to the doctor”. NP’s tend to have a wholistic approach with a focus on education and prevention.
33. What advice would you offer someone considering becoming a nurse practitioner?
Do it. If you love medicine, impacting lives, education, this might be for you. I do think getting experience as a nurse in whatever field inspires you (or a medical/surgical floor if you don’t know) is a great idea. It really helps cement not only your own gifts and interests, but is good basic knowledge. That will help guide you towards inpatient vs outpatient care.
34. Describe what you feel to be an ideal work environment.
Working peacefully without any fights among staffs,co-operative attitude,not too much challenging but still can be sometimes,friendly environment,gossip free place,supportive and encouraging place,educative and perceptive.
35. What is your favorite type of patient?
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.