TOP Nursing Interview Questions and Answers

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What made you choose nursing as a career?

  • I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people’s lives on a daily basis.

  • My mother is a nurse, and seeing the satisfaction she feels every day by helping people in her job inspired my own interest in the field.

  • I believe that nursing is one of the most interesting and growing careers available today, and I enjoy the difference I can make in my patient’s hospital experience.

  • How has your training prepared you for a nursing career?

  • I had an internship position at an Oncology Center after graduating last May, which gave me hands on experience with patients, and I am anxious to pursue my career specializing in cancer treatment.

  • My clinical training in the ER of City Hospital prepared me for the fast paced care required of an ER Nurse.

  • I had the opportunity to work as a research assistant for Dr. Zane, who was writing about new findings in the treatment of heart disease when I was working at City Hospital. The knowledge I gained during that time prepared me for assisting with cardiac patients in a more effective way.

  • What interests you about working here?

  • Your facility has one of the top rated Cardiac units in the country, and I am interested in utilizing my experience with Cardiac patients in a hospital engaging in the latest research and techniques.

  • I really enjoy working in Geriatrics, and your facility has a vibrant and innovative reputation for its programs and population.

  • I have worked in very large hospitals, where I gained valuable experience, but I enjoy working in a small hospital, where you can get to know your patients, the doctors, and your colleagues on a more personal level.

  • Do you have any professional affiliations?

    Absolutely, I feel it’s important to stay informed about the nursing profession. I’m a member of the American Nurses Association, and the New York State Nurses Association.

    How do you handle stress on the job?

  • By focusing on the most important thing, the care of the patient. I feel I owe it to my patients to stay calm and focused on them.

  • In the ER setting, there are often stressful situations that arise. I just make sure that the stresses of the job don’t interfere with the care of the patient.

  • I am generally an easy going person, and I don’t allow on the job stress to interfere with my work.

  • How would you deal with a doctor who was rude?

  • I would bring the question to my supervisor. If the doctor was displeased with me in some way, I would want to find out so I could take action to rectify the situation.

  • I would ask the doctor if there was something in my care of the patient that she felt needed discussion.

  • If it were a one time occurrence, I would figure that she was just having a bad day. If it happened repeatedly, I would notify my supervisor.

  • How would you handle a patient who constantly complains about pain?

  • I would confer with the attending doctor to make sure that the patient’s pain was being managed in the most effective way.

  • I would reassure the patient that everything possible was being done to alleviate their discomfort.

  • I would listen sympathetically to their complaint, reassure them that their concerns were being heard, and that we were doing everything possible to help them.

  • How would you handle a patient who complains about everything?

  • I would first be sure that the patient had no valid complaints, and then just be patient and reassure them that we were doing our very best for them.

  • I understand that some patients will complain about everything, just because they are unhappy about what brought them to our care. I just reassure them that everything possible is being done to make them comfortable.

  • How would you handle a family who is displeased with your patient’s care?

  • I would listen to their concerns, and reassure them that I was doing my very best for their loved one.

  • Sometimes family members are looking for someone or something to blame for what their loved one is going through. I would try to reassure them that the patient was getting the best quality of care available.

  • I would listen to their concerns, and make sure that if any were well founded they were addressed immediately.

  • What do you feel you contribute to your patients?

  • I offer my patients the very best care and advocacy I can.

  • I believe that I offer my patients comfort and confidence that they are being well cared for.

  • I feel that my patients know that I am there to provide comfort and understanding, that I will listen to their concerns, and that I will act as their advocate if necessary.

  • What do you find difficult about being a nurse?

  • Sometimes I find it difficult to leave work at work, as I tend to become very involved with my patients.

  • I think the most difficult part of being a nurse is when I have a patient that is very unhappy, or in a lot of pain, and I can’t comfort them to the degree I’d like.

  • I prefer to look at difficulties as challenges, and I enjoy conquering challenges.

  • What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?

    • The most rewarding thing for me as a nurse is seeing the joy when a family first holds their baby.

    • Interacting with the patients and their families is what I find most rewarding.

    • I find helping patients through recovery after surgery, which is often one of their greatest challenges, to be most rewarding.

    What would you do if your replacement didn’t arrive?

  • I would wait until she arrived, or until someone else was called in.

  • I would notify the supervisor, and offer to stay until my replacement arrived.

  • Try calling her to see if she were on the way, or if she needed help making arrangements for someone to take her shift.

  • Would you become a doctor if you had the opportunity?

  • No, I enjoy the personal contact with my patients, and the comradeship with my colleagues unique to nursing.

  • I chose to become a nurse because I find the field fascinating. I plan on advancing my career as a nurse, not a doctor.

  • Yes, I enjoy the medical field tremendously, and plan to continue my education throughout my career.

  • Would you describe yourself as organized?

    – Absolutely. I like to have a check list, and make sure that each item gets the attention it needs.
    – Yes, sometimes a little too much so. I make sure that everything is neat and in order.
    – I am a very organized and thorough person, which I think contributes to my success as a nurse.

    Are you a self motivator?

    – Absolutely. I can always find something productive that needs doing.
    – I’m very motivated to do a good job at what I take on, and I like to stay busy.
    – I am a self motivator, and I take great pride in my job as a nurse.

    Do you prefer to work alone, or as part of a team?

    – That depends on the circumstances. I enjoy being part of a treatment and support team, but I also like the autonomy of working alone.
    – I believe that nursing in a hospital is a team effort, and I really enjoy making my contribution to the team.
    – You need a certain amount of independence to work without the daily support of a team. As an in home nurse, I enjoy the one-on-one with my patients.

    Tell me about yourself:

    Although the interviewer is not wanting to listen to your life story, he/she does want you to describe your personality, educational attainment, career goals, and professional experiences.

    Tell me what you know about our company:

    You should conduct some research and be at least somewhat knowledgeable about the entity that might very well become your future workplace. You will look good to the interviewer if it appears that you have been doing your ‘homework’ on the company.


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