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Sample Interview Questions for Nursing 

  • Describe a challenging problem you faced on one of your clinical rotations. How did you solve the problem?
  • Give a specific example of a time when you knew you did a good job as a nurse.
  • How would you respond if a doctor in a rude and haughty tone questioned your work, which you knew to be top-notch and absolutely accurate?
  • Why did you decide to become a nurse rather than a doctor?
  • Describe a situation where you found yourself working with someone who was very sensitive or thin-skinned.
  • If you were told that the nursing field was closed and you could not be a nurse, what would you do?
  • What types of nursing tasks are most objectionable to you?
  • Describe a situation you experienced in the past year, connected with nursing that made you angry.
  • Why did you choose (ER, OR, ICU, LTC, FNP or other specialty area) of nursing?
  • What do you know about our hospital? About our community?
  • Tell me about a time when you had to handle an irate physician, co-worker or patient. How did you handle the situation and what was the result?
  • Tell me about an article related to the nursing profession you have read recently.
  • What would comprise an ideal relationship between nursing colleagues?
  • What do you think is the biggest challenge facing the nursing profession today?
  • Describe a time in your clinical nursing education or work experience where you demonstrated critical thinking.
  • Describe the RN role in applying the nursing process to achieve positive client outcomes.
  • Provide a specific example of how you utilize evidence-based practice in your nursing career.
  • Why are you the most qualified person for this nursing position?
  • How would you react if upon entering a patient's room, you were told that the family was upset over the care the patient was receiving?
  • Describe a challenging problem you faced on one of your clinical rotations. How did you solve it?
  • What have you identified as your strongest clinical skill and what skill challenges you the most?
  • What is your biggest priority as a nurse?
  • What do you think makes a good hospital?
  • What is your philosophy of Nursing? How has it been shaped by your academic and clinical experience?
  • What is the difference between the art and the science of nursing?
  • How do you handle difficult patients and/or families?
  • What values have you learned from your clinical experiences that form your own nursing philosophy?
  • Describe a clinical situation that taught you a memorable nursing lesson.
  • What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses as a nursing professional?
  • What are your future goals in the field of nursing?
  • Why did you choose nursing as a profession? What specialty area are you choosing? Why?
  • What do you think are the biggest challenges facing you as a nurse today?
  • Describe a nursing decision you or your clinical supervisor had to make quickly.
  • Give an example of how you manage stress in a past job or clinical setting.

 

 

  

  

 

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