What are the likely questions to expect during a nursing job interview and their appropriate answers.
Last Updated on October 16, 2018 by Marie
Nursing job interviews are usually different, but over the years many typical nursing interview questions have been asked.
We’ve compiled a list of the most common nursing interview questions you’re likely to be asked whether you are applying for your first job as an LPN or LVN or whether you’re wanting to move to a different hospital as an RN or NP.
Although we have supplied answers to these typical nursing interview questions, they are really just guides. You should adapt the answers to your particular situation and the type of nursing job that you are applying for. You can find more comprehensive guide for the most common nursing interview questions from this extremely well reviewed guide here, which I can recommend.
Q1: WHAT MADE YOU CHOOSE NURSING AS A CAREER?
A: I’ve always loved nursing, but my interest in healthcare really started when I volunteered at a homeless shelter in college. This really inspired me to pursue a career where I could devote my time to looking after others. The more times I volunteered, the more I knew that nursing was what I really wanted to do.
I wanted to do something that is challenging, interesting and make’s a real difference in people’s lives. I feel very passionate about the healthcare profession and also see it as a way of contributing positively to society.
My mother was a nurse and when I was growing up I saw the satisfaction she gained by helping others. This also contributed very greater to my interest in pursuing nursing as a career.
Q2: TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF.
A: I’m a very energetic person and a good communicator. I’ve been working in healthcare for the past two years and this has helped me build my confidence and taught me the importance of very good patient care,
In my last role, I juggled a variety of patient loads, assisted in a charity fundraiser and also was an advocate for senior patients. Because of this, the hospital is launching a new educational program to teach nurses how to better care for elderly patients.
Q3: WHAT DO YOU FIND MOST REWARDING ABOUT BEING A NURSE?
A: There are many things I find extremely rewarding about nursing. It can be something like seeing the joy when a mother hold her newborn infant for the first time or helping someone get back on their feet after recovering from major surgery. I also find interacting with patients and their families very rewarding.
Q4: HOW HAS YOUR NURSING TRAINING PREPARED YOU?
A: My clinical training in the ER of City Hospital prepared me for the fast-paced care required of an ER Nurse. I also had an internship position at an Oncology Center after graduating last May which provided me with hands-on experience treating patients with cancer.
When I was undertaking my nursing studies, I was also fortunate to work part-time as a research assistant for Dr. Montgomery in San Diego who was undertaking clinicals on a new treatment for heart disease.
Although I was only there for the first 12 months of my nursing program, the knowledge that I obtained has help prepared me to assist with cardiac patients in a more effective way. I am very keen to specialize in cardiac nursing care if I can get the opportunity.
Q5: WHERE DO YOU SEE YOURSELF IN HEALTHCARE IN FIVE YEARS?
A: I really think that the nursing experience that I will have gained will have helped me become a first-rate nurse. I believe in providing the best care that I can to all patients but there is nothing like the exp[experience gained from working in a medical unit for a number of years.
Ideally, I see my long-term future in hospital administration where I could put more people skills and nursing experience to good use to not only benefit the nurses under my control but also the patients and the healthcare facility overall.
Q6: WHY ARE YOU LEAVING YOUR CURRENT NURSING POSITION?
A: I’m looking for new challenges. I think it’s essential that I broaden my nursing experience and set new goals for myself otherwise I will remain stagnant. I hope to learn new skills, see how other units operate and really improve myself as a nurse.
I think it’s important to keep moving ahead and getting better whatever career you are in. But particularly in nursing which is changing rapidly with new nursing and healthcare technology. I see this job as being able to further develop my potential as a nurse and a person.
Q7: WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR PREVIOUS BOSS?
A: My last boss at the hospital where I worked taught me the importance of time management. He was extremely deadline-driven and wouldn’t take excuses if the job wasn’t done properly and on time. His no-nonsense approach pushed me to work harder and manage my caseloads much more efficiently.
Q8: WHAT DID YOU LIKE LEAST ABOUT YOUR LAST JOB?
A: There was nothing I really hated. Sometimes we would be a little short of nurses on the unit and I remember a couple of nurses were not pulling their weight as much as they could.
This made my tasks a little more exhausting than they should have been as I had to shoulder the extra responsibility. After about 6 months of this I was starting to get a little worn down and felt I wasn’t giving my own patients they proper attention they should be receiving. So that was a bit annoying. But, as I said, I never hated the job or became resentful.
Q9: WHAT INTERESTS YOU ABOUT WORKING AT THIS PARTICULAR FACILITY?
A: Quite honestly, it is your cardiac care unit. As I mentioned earlier, I have a particularly strong interest in cardiology and your hospital has one of the top three cardiac units in the country.
I really want to get as much nursing experience as I can with cardiac patients in a hospital that is leading the way with the latest heart research and procedures. Your facility has a very good reputation for its programs and population and I believe I can gain a lot by working here.
Q10: DO YOU PREFER TO WORK ALONE OR AS PART OF A NURSING TEAM?
A: That really depends on the situation. I love working with a good team because I believe that providing the best care and treatment in a hospital is a team effort. But I have worked alone on wards before and enjoyed the autonomy and responsibility. But ideally I would prefer to be part of a well-structured unit that works together as one.