20+ TOP Nursing Interview Questions & Answers
1. Why do you want to be a nurse?
I geniunly 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 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.
5. 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.
6. What do you think a nurse’s responsibility is in today’s society?
A nurse’s responsibilty 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.
7. 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.
8. 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.
9. What is the most exciting part of becoming a critical care nurse?
The most exciting part of becoming a critical care nurse is knowing that you are the critical patients last line of defense. You are among the most educated and experienced nurses in the hospital and are looked upon as a resource person by other nurses. I have been a night shift nurse for the majority of my 18 years and on those nights it is just you and your critical patient. The patient and their family is relying on you, the Critical Care Nurse, to make sure that they are safe and receiving the best care possible. The doctors are at home sleeping and if its 2 am and you have a critical issue with a patient, it is up to you to make the call to the doctor and paint your picture of the situation at hand. It is the critical care nurse that can persuade the doctor for orders that they feel they need to keep their patient stable and safe. How you paint the picture of your patient to the doctor can mean life or death at times. Confidence in your assessment skills and your communication with the doctor is of the utmost importance to your patient. It is an exciting area of practice that demands continuing education so that you can anticipate and intervene for your patient to achieve successful outcomes.
10. How long does it take to be a critical care nurse?
Ken: Well.in reality all you have to do is take your hospitals Critical Care Course, Basic Arrhythmias Course, CPR and ACLS and you can work as a critical care nurse after a few months of 1 on 1 orientation with your Critical Care Nurse preceptor. On the other hand it may take years of experience and book knowledge to really be a good Critical Care Nurse. It involves continuous learning and yearly competencies to maintain the status of a practicing critical care nurse.
11. How would you compare critical care nursing from other nursing specialties?
I would say that all nurses in any field have an impact on their patients by the care and knowledge they bring to the table. However, there may be more of an impact by critical care nurses as they have the ability to change the course of their patients’ life because of the fragile state of health that they can be in. Life or death may hang in the balance and an intervention by a critical care nurse could and does save lives every day in this great country of ours. Saving that life changes the family tree and the future of their children and their children’s children. I don’t want to get too philosophical, but you can see how one life can affect generations into the future. Critical Care Nurses save lives and preserve family trees all the time.
12. What is the most exciting part of becoming a palliative care/hospice nurse?
It is very rewarding to me to help someone who is suffering to get their symptoms under control. For example, if I go to see a patient for the first time and find them in severe pain, or having severe nausea and vomiting, or some other terrible symptom, being able to help them relieve that symptom quickly and allowing them to get some rest is very rewarding to me. I can’t stop the dying process but I can help them to have as smooth a road as a possible to the end of their lives.
13. As palliative care/hospice nurse, how is your work schedule? What does your job entail from day to day?
I am currently in management, I’m scheduled to work 8 hour days, with no weekends or holidays, but of course I work as many hours as I need to in one day.
14. How long does it take to be a palliative care/hospice nurse?
Becoming a house on some palliative care nurse is a specialty. You become a registered nurse a first or a license practical nurse first and then you get your certification.
15. How would you compare palliative care/hospice nursing from other nursing specialties?
I worked on oncology for about a year after graduation, and I did Home Health for about a year there is nothing like hospice and palliative care nursing.
16. What interests you in this career?
This question is your chance to speak about how important human life is and about your desire to help individuals and nurse them back to health.
17. How did you share your knowledge with colleagues? Or assist your colleagues?
Nursing involves helping, sharing and efficient medical team work. These capabilities are nursing fundamentals; it is impossible to work alone. Therefore, tell interviewers about your positive past group experiences and try to convince the employer that you are a team player.
18. Where did you get your qualifications from?
Here is a chance to speak about your training, any courses you have taken, related books and articles you have read, as well as all the experience you have accumulated, including volunteer and part time positions.
19. What are your likes and dislikes about the job?
All jobs have advantages and disadvantages. As you respond, be careful – do not say anything that puts your previous jobs in a bad light, unless it was a well-known or extreme situation. Focus on the positive, mention a few good things about previous job(s). If you feel it is important, briefly outline any disadvantages. Close with more positive comments.
20. Emergency Situations?
The medical world is full of emergency situations, and anyone with any experience at all must have a few incidents to speak of. When answering this question, tell about some of the most challenging and difficult cases that you have faced. You can also talk about a specific problem and how you handled it. Make sure that you speak about the added value that the situation gave to your medical experience.