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?

How Will the Affordable Care Act Affect the Nursing Profession?

By: Renée Keats


Now that the State and Federal Health Exchange websites are fully operational, millions of previously uninsured Americans will be able to access affordable healthcare, perhaps for the first time. As demand rises, there will also be job growth for healthcare workers, and in particular the nursing profession. Some analysts predict that there will be as many as 250,000 to 400,000 healthcare jobs created annually over the next ten years. There will also be an increase in the scope and location of those jobs.

So what will the anticipated growth in the demand for healthcare and the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) newly mandated requirements mean for the profession? Two words: tremendous opportunities.

Increased funding for nursing education, especially for advanced degrees and specialties

Currently, it is estimated that the United States has a deficit of over 9,000 primary care physicians. As a result of the Minimum Essential Coverage provision (MEC), the demand for primary care providers will increase. A greater number of patients will seek services from Advanced Practice Nurses (APRNs) for preventive and wellness care, as well as other, more routine forms of care.

Knowing that there is already a nationwide shortage of primary care providers, $30 million dollars has been allocated via the ACA to support the Advanced Nursing Education Expansion Program. It is an academic training program for nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives. The funds will help pay for instructors and for students’ housing and living expenses.

Additional voids in the healthcare system are developing. The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) projects that there will be 1.2 million job openings for licensed practical and registered nurses by 2020. As these positions are filled, there will be a decrease in the number of other critical, licensed medical support staff. These include medical assistants, physician assistants, and other patient care technicians. The opportunity to pursue and enhance one’s medical training and expertise has never been greater.

Increased demand for geriatric nurses

Doctors and hospitals want nurses who specialize in geriatric and hospice care. According to the National Council on Aging in Washington, D.C.: “With baby boomers approaching their retirement years, the number of Americans age 55 and older will soar from 60 million (21 percent of the population) to more than 107 million (31 percent) by 2030.”  

Some of the most significant components of the ACA are the financial incentives offered to primary care providers treating Medicare patients. Physicians, hospitals and outpatient centers will be rewarded for the coordination and quality of care versus the quantity. There will be a greater demand for geriatric and hospice nursing services to provide these services.

The provision of care moves from inpatient to outpatient

While hospitals focus more on acute care, the Affordable Care Act calls for routine care to be provided in outpatient or ambulatory settings. Additional funding has been allocated to increase the quality of preventive care and routine well-health exams for the general population. Many of the sites providing this type of care will be nurse-centric. These include the following:

•Community health centers
•National health service corps
•School-based health centers
•Nurse-managed health clinics

New standards mean new specialties

In its Nurse Role Exploration Project, the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care identified five new roles in the nursing profession to address the expanding demand for healthcare services:

•Care coordinator
•Faculty team leader
•Informatics specialist
•Nurse/family cooperative facilitator
•Primary care provider

To meet the increased demand for healthcare information and access, it is forecasted that expanded telehealth applications will be a key resource for the general public. There will be an increased demand for nurses who have both clinical and technological expertise.

There is also a growing demand for the adherence to complex clinical measures (i.e. increased paperwork) to meet the pay-for-performance incentives. Much of this work falls on the nursing staff’s shoulders.

Insurance companies have historically tied financial incentives with clinical performance measures. Now that the ACA has followed suit, comprehensive and complete record keeping will be even more imperative for clinical care centers. As such, increasing workloads may result in new opportunities for nurses.

If there was ever a time to consider the nursing career or seeking an advanced degree in nursing, it is now. Highly specialized programs offer opportunities for nurses currently working in the industry and looking to expand their career prospects. These include the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification from schools like Olivet Nazarene University in Illinois, to broader graduate study like the Master of Science in Nursing from the University of South Carolina.

As more people access affordable care, the demand for nurses will increase exponentially over the next few years. While the Affordable Care Act may not change the way that we treat patients one-on-one, it may change how we see them. Greater emphasis is being placed on preventive and wellness care. This is good news for the nursing profession that has always known importance of preventing medical crises. Clearly, it is an exciting time to enter this well-respected industry and grow one’s skills.

STOP giving BAD NEWS to the oncoming shift!

Have you ever got to work and before you could even get to your locker you have everybody coming up to you saying how bad of a shift it was for them? Did you answer yes? Well, so did I and it completely changed my mood for a second! I had to think and say to myself, “I won’t let someone else’s negative energy (Fake Encouragement) affect me.” I knew that if I let their comment sink in and fester that it could affect my shift.

Why is it that just because you had a bad shift, you have to make others feel sorry for you? Or get them upset by predicting how their shift will turn out? (Telling someone, “Oh this patient was horrible and his family isn’t no better” is not the proper nor professional way of giving information or report. Try saying, “This patient was not very compliant for me, even after giving his medication. Nothing really calmed him down except for when his family was not around, they seem to get him worked up a bit. I suggest you ask them to leave early so he can calm down a bit for you once you give him his meds.”) If you know what will and what will not work for a certain patient why not help your next shift out by giving them some helpful tips to make things easier for them. Maybe next time when they are giving report to you they can do the same in return.

As caregivers we have to look out for one another, which is something that is not done often. Why wish someone a bad shift or say it’s going to be horrible or that the patient they have is a total mess. Maybe if you took the time out to handle things properly instead of getting frustrated with the patient and his family, your shift could have been better or at least easier. If you do not have time to straighten things out then have someone else do it who has time or let the new shift know that maybe trying some other alternatives to help with the non easy patient & family members.

No part of nursing is really easy so why make it harder on yourself or your co-workers…..

Separate we have purpose, Together we have POWER. ~Sylette

Doctors, Nurses, Aides, Phlebotomist, Housekeeping & Nursing students ==> *A note to yourself, “STOP giving BAD NEWS to the oncoming shift! Don’t put them in a bad mood before they even start because it can affect how they act towards or treat their patients.”