Employer Interview Questions for a Nursing Position

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Employer Interview Questions for a Nursing Position
Nurses assist doctors in the operating room. (operation nurse image by Andrey Rakhmatullin from Fotolia.com)

Nurses care for people in hospitals and assisted living facilities. This profession requires medical knowledge and a heart for helping others. Employers ask a variety of questions on an interview to ensure that they choose a nurse who values life and works well with others.

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Nursing Experience

Employers will ask what kind of nursing experience you have. They want to know if you have worked as a full-time or part-time nurse. Employers also want to know whether you worked in a hospital emergency room, operating room, intensive care unit or an assisted living facility for elderly people. The answers to these questions inform employers of your ability for the desired job. If you have not gained experience in a busy hospital setting, they will have to consider training time.

Stressful Situations

Nurse Universe states that potential employers want to know how you handle stressful situations. An employer might ask how you would handle a difficult doctor, co-worker or patient. You should describe a situation you have encountered. Talk about how you remained calm and made a difficult decision. Describe steps you took to resolve the problem. Describe the results of your actions and how they improved the situation.

Staying Current

Employers will also ask how you stay current in the nursing profession. You should answer by describing outlets you use to stay current on medicines and health care regulations. Describe a network of people in the medical industry that keeps you informed of current events in nursing. The answer to this question should also include any annual certifications and training classes you take to stay current in nursing.

Team Player

Nurse Jobs states that you should be prepared for questions regarding your teamwork ability. Employers will ask you to describe your skills as a team player. Teamwork skills are important in the health care industry because it often takes a group of professionals to care for a patient. The employer wants to know how well you take direction from a doctor or superior. Your team-leading skills are also important in nursing. You might be required to lead a group of workers on the treatment of a patient, if a doctor or superior is not present.

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