25 Sample Nursing Interview Questions You Should Answer.

By: Lisa Mauri Thomas


Are you up for a nursing interview soon? Then don’t forget to prepare! Use these 25 sample questions by nursing career expert Lisa Mauri Thomas as a guide. The following is an excerpt from her book, Landing Your Perfect Nursing Job” (2012), available at Amazon.com.

1. Why did you decide to become a nurse (or choose this specialty)?

2. Do you work better independently or as part of a team? Describe.

3. What do you find most challenging or difficult about being a nurse? How do you motivate yourself to get through such difficulties?

4. What do you find to be most rewarding about being a nurse? Which aspects of nursing do you find most satisfying/enjoyable and why?

5. Give examples of how you have provided patient-centered care. Explain your understanding of outcomes-based care.

6. Describe a time when a physician gave an order that you believed was incorrect. How did you handle it?

7. Describe a time when you were unsure of the best protocol to follow. How did you handle it?

8. Describe a time when you had a conflict or disagreement with your supervisor. How did you handle it? What was the outcome?

9. How do you handle patients who complain or become abusive?

10. How have you handled coworkers, physicians, or others you work with who become rude or demanding?

11. What types of situations do you find stressful on the nursing floor? How do you manage those stressors?

12. Have you ever worked in [this] type of environment before or with [these] kinds of patients? What made you successful?

13. How do you stay current within the nursing field? What publications do you read? What research findings interest you?

14. Are you currently affiliated with any professional nursing organizations? How has membership benefitted you?

15. How would you handle it if you had to stay late on your shift, unexpectedly and with little or no notice?

16. How many times in the past year have you been late for your nursing shift? How many shifts did you miss and why?

17. What environment or dynamics help you to be your best as a nurse? What are your qualities or attributes that make you a great nurse?

18. How would your nursing coworkers describe you? How would your nursing supervisor describe you?

19. Why do you want this job? Why do you want to work for this organization? What do you know about this organization?

20. Describe a time you worked on a special project. What was your contribution? What were successful outcomes?

21. Describe a time you have trained or mentored new nurses or nurses who were new to your organization.

22. What do you see yourself doing in 5 years?

23. How do you feel your background has prepared you for this role?

24. If offered this role, how soon could you start?

25. Is there any reason why we should not hire you for this role?

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