When answering this question stick to relevant qualities needed for this specific nursing job. For example, if you are an ER Nurse you may be required to have qualities such as:
☛ Critical Thinking
☛ Emotional Stability
☛ High Stress Tolerance
A practice nurse will treat and dress wounds as well as take blood samples, urine samples, and swabs. Further treatment and general health are two matters which practice nurses will consult and advise with patients. The key to answering this question is to provide a coherent description of the routine procedures you will perform as a practice nurse. Provide the interviewer with the impression you understand the overall mission of a nurse and not simply a list of duties in an average day.
This is a loaded question and a nasty little game that you will probably lose if you answer first. So, do not answer it. Instead, say something like, that's a tough question. Can you tell me the range for this position? In most cases, the interviewer, taken off guard, will tell you. If not, say that it can depend on the details of the job. Then give a wide range.
What is the pay? Does the job offer any benefits? What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?How long are your shifts -- eight, 10 or 12 hours?How do you go about scheduling? Is self-scheduling an option, or does someone else dictate the schedule?How long have most nurses been on the unit?
I am interested in a career at Operating Room Nurse. I want to know what is the best way to get a job at Operating Room Nurse. If you work at Operating Room Nurse, how did you get in? How did you get the interview and offer from Operating Room Nurse? Any specific thing I need to pay attention to in resume and interview preparation?
While answering this question pay more attention to the positive aspects of the job and even when you mention the negative ones, do it in a positive manner.
I would recheck if I have really accomplished all my duties and obligations on my shift, then I would talk to my patient make sure she is stable and all her needs were met, and if she needs anything before I leave. Maybe helpout other co-workers if they are getting behind their schedules.
School nurses are usually registered nurses. They must be expert at analyzing tell-tale signs of diseases common among school children of all ages. They exercise good judgment every day in deciding whether to send a child for a check-up by a specialist.
When I was promoted to DON, I was particularly satisfied at work. I felt that I had worked diligently on the med-surg floor for 10 years and the promotion was well-deserved. I also enjoyed the challenge of supervising my fellow nurses, though I always tried to remain a peer rather than an authority figure.
Try not to be too critical when answering this question. Instead, pick one of your weaknesses and try to turn it into a positive.
For example, you could be a perfectionist, which means that you sometimes take longer on tasks, but you make sure that they are completed to a high quality. It is important to make a negative into a positive as it doesn't make you appear overly critical and shows you can reflect on your own performance.
This question typically follows on from the previous one. Here is where your research will come in handy. You may want to say that you want to work for a company that is X, Y, Z, (market leader, innovator, provides a vital service, whatever it may be). Put some thought into this beforehand, be specific, and link the company's values and mission statement to your own goals and career plans.
If you received any special training in your previous job this would be the right time to mention it, as CNAs can specialize in different areas such as working with the elderly people, terminally ill, in-patient services or even in the accident and emergency ward at a hospital.
Nurses are generally friendly, caring, gentle, and sympathetic. They are able to explain concepts and situations clearly, yet without upsetting patients unnecessarily. School nurses must be particularly caring and careful, since they work with children who are psychologically vulnerable patients.
While answering this question you must keep in mind that you are here to prove that you are the right person for this job. Therefore, grab this opportunity and share with them your interests and enthusiasm about the same.
A patient that is appreciative of the care they are receiving. A patient that cooperates and is willing to do what is necessary to improve upon while they are under our care. Of course, finding a perfect patient will not always happen and you have to adapt and be just as courteous to a patient no matter how they behave.
A practice nurse should perform tasks deftly and with efficiency, while being personable and presentable. A practice nurse should also perform duties and procedures with minimal unpleasantness for the patients.
I have a big heart, and seeing my patients struggle, sometimes for their life, is a challenging task. I enjoy protecting my patients, and making them feel safe and protected. Children especially act as if they are fearful but have very strong emotions. I am working on separating my deep emotions from my career. Patient's struggling is a large downfall for me.
Aside from the emotional side of my career I enjoy the everyday new challenges. Everyday bring a different scenario and every patient is at a new point in their medical healing. I enjoy using my knowledge and experience to solve problems and help in every way that I can.
This question will help the interviewer determine how you handle stressful situations. Asking for help from a stranger can be very difficult for many people and so they may resist help and become uncooperative, while others may refuse to follow the instructions. In such a case, the nursing assistant has to be persuasive and remain calm at the same time. Tell the interviewer of similar past experience and how you used cajoling methods to help your patient.
Conflict resolution, problem solving, communication and coping under pressure are transferable skills desired by many employers.
Answering this question right can help you demonstrate all of these traits.
• Use real-life examples from your previous roles that you are comfortable explaining
• Choose an example that demonstrates the role you played in resolving the situation clearly
• Remain professional at all times – you need to demonstrate that you can keep a cool head and know how to communicate with people
This is a “homework” question, too, but it also gives some clues as to the perspective the person brings to the table. The best preparation you can do is to read the job description and repeat it to yourself in your own words so that you can do this smoothly at the interview.
Whether the area of specialization is ER, Occupational Health, Community Health, ICU or any other, the key to answering interview questions about your nursing career choice is to be very specific about why you chose it. What influenced you in your choice? How did you explore your options? Highlight how your strengths are best utilized in this area and how it suits your personal competencies.
Conducive environment, team working, respect for others, friendly staff, opportunity for career development and educational staff development.
This is when you talk about your record of getting things done. Go into specifics from your résumé and portfolio; show an employer your value and how you'd be an asset.
Suggested answer: “I'm the best person for the job. I know there are other candidates who could fill this position, but my passion for excellence sets me apart from the pack. I am committed to always producing the best results. For example…”
Im well educated, Im willing to learn to the point that I want to know everything in the scope of nursing. Im a aggresive in a way. Im open to any corrections. Im a fast learner, good student and a good worker. Im energetic. Doing task that i need to do. I ussually ask question if im not sure.
Right before an operation, an OR nurse has to remain at the patient's bedsides to comfort him or her. Positioning patients so that they can be operated on properly, providing support in administering anesthesia and monitoring patients throughout the surgical procedure, are all part of a nurse's work in the operating room.
Communication and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance. Nurses must communicate effectively with senior medical personnel and the school staff. But they must especially be good at communicating with school children.
No matter which field you have chosen to enter as a nurse your goal in every interview is to answer questions very specifically to the job you are applying for at the time. In this question be very specific about your overall choice to the future employer. Answer pointers such as:
· What influenced your choice?
· How did you explore your options?
· Have you tried other job positions?
Highlight in your answer your strengths and how they are best utilized in this specific area in which you are currently applying.
The safest answer contains a desire to be regarded as a true professional and team player. As far as promotion, that depends on finding a manager with whom you can grow. Of course, you will ask what opportunities exist within the company before being any more specific: “From my research and what you have told me about the growth here, it seems operations is where the heavy emphasis is going to be. It seems that's where you need the effort and where I could contribute toward the company's goals.” Or, “I have always felt that first-hand knowledge and experience open up opportunities that one might never have considered, so while at this point in time I plan to be a part of [e.g.] operations, it is reasonable to expect that other exciting opportunities will crop up in the meantime.”
I would calmly but promptly make the anesthesiologist aware of the problem and provide immediate assistance to do the needful.
Try to include improvement activities that relate to the job. A wide variety of activities can be mentioned as positive self-improvement. Have some good ones handy to mention.
Do not badmouth your previous employer. Instead, say something like, “I have learnt a lot from my previous job and now looking for a more challenging job that will enable me to use my knowledge and experience to help patients.”
When you spend time with people, you tend to get emotionally attached to them, which is fine till you part. You can answer something like, “during my training and also in my previous job I have learnt how to detach myself from my patients.”
It is important to know that practice nurses are often the people being led by someone else, working within a team framework. The requirement of a practice nurse to be a strong team leader is not generally the case. Senior personnel usually instruct practice nurses as to their duties. Practice nurses follow this instruction as part of the team framework and help senior personnel where appropriate.
Recently a nurse that covers half of the night shifts in the operating room resigned. Without discussion, our managers announced at morning telling us to fill the call and working hours. I understand how important it is to have the OR covered so as a team we all covered the shifts and made sacrifices, but as a system that runs on a Shared Government as a team we would have appreciated a discussion about how the call was going to be taken.
☛ What are you looking for in terms of career development?
☛ A team experience you found disappointing.
☛ Example when you went above and beyond the call of duty.
☛ Give an example of a time you successfully worked on a team.
☛ Tell me about how you worked effectively under pressure.
☛ Where did you receive training and in what specialty? Did it include any certifications?
☛ How does your training and experience fulfill our job requirements?
☛ What have been your most significant accomplishments to date?
☛ What do you consider your strengths and weaknesses as a nursing professional?
☛ What are your future goals?
☛ Why are you leaving your present job?
☛ What did you like and dislike about your previous position?
☛ Why do you want to work in our hospital and/or community?
☛ How do you stay current with the nursing profession?
☛ What are some of the biggest challenges facing nursing today?
☛ What have you been doing since your last job?
☛ What is the difference between a good position and an excellent one?
☛ What is a typical career path in this job function?
☛ What do you consider your most significant accomplishment?
☛ Who has impacted you most in your career and how?
Talk about specific work related experience for the position you're interviewing for.
Emphasize benefits to the company. Your answer should be focused on what you can bring to the role that will be of benefit to the company.
☛ When were you most satisfied in your job?
☛ Can you describe a time when your work was criticized?
☛ How well did your college experience prepare you for this job?
☛ Tell me about your strengths.
☛ What assignment was too difficult for you?
The most important tip is that you have get yourself prepared carefully before the behavioral interview. Never use any adjectives for these sort of Operating room nurse interview questions. The interviewers want to know the real you, the potential candidate they may accept in.
☛ Have you ever had difficulty working with a manager?
☛ How do you evaluate your ability to handle conflict?
☛ What do you think you can bring to this position?
☛ Describe a recent unpopular decision you made.
☛ What have you done to support diversity in your unit?
Be very thoughtful about your answer.
The most important thing you should do is make sure to relate your answer to your long-term career goals. You may receive very helpful advice from an outsider who, like the interviewers, may tell if you answer properly or not.
☛ What do you feel is the best educational preparation for this career?
☛ What has been your biggest professional disappointment?
☛ How do you see your job relating to the overall goals?
☛ Tell us about the last time you had to negotiate with someone.
☛ What are your salary requirements.
☛ What negative thing would your last boss say about you?
☛ Tell me about your proudest achievement.
☛ Where do you see yourself in five years time?
☛ What was the most complex assignment you have had?
☛ Tell me about a difficult experience you had in working.
Answer all Operating room nurse interview questions honestly and stay focused throughout the hiring process.
Don't talk about previous experience that is not related to the position in question.
Make sure you're well prepared for this Operating room nurse interview questions as you won't likely get a second chance to really shine.
☛ What were the responsibilities of your last position?
☛ What would you say are your strong points?
☛ What were your annual goals at your most current employer?
☛ Why did you decide to pursue this career?
☛ Did you feel you progressed satisfactorily in your last job?
☛ How would you describe your work style?
☛ Are you planning to continue your studies?
☛ What have you learned from mistakes on the job?
☛ Has anything ever irritated you about people you've worked with?
☛ What kind of personality do you work best with and why?
☛ What is the nurse-to-patient ratio?
☛ What kind of support do registered nurses receive in this healthcare setting?
☛ What is this (ex: hospital's, clinic's, outpatient center's) scheduling process?
☛ How long has this job been vacant and what are its main expectations?
☛ What specific challenges do the nurses in this facility face?
☛ What shifts are available, and which shift am I being considered for?
☛ What is the job turn-over like and/or why did the previous person in this job leave?
☛ How many other travelers do you have at this facility?
☛ How many days of orientation do I receive, and how am I transitioned to the floor?
☛ Which units will I float between when census is low?
☛ What are the major short/long term objectives for this facility?
☛ Can you describe a situation in which you handled a difficult patient?
☛ Are you capable of wise and fast decision making? Please provide an example of this.
☛ Have you ever disagreed with a colleague over the management of a patient? How was this resolved?
☛ What changes have you contributed to established practices to improve patient care?
☛ Can you describe frustrations you have personally dealt with as an RN and how you resolved them?
☛ What was a typical day in your previous job like?
☛ How do you manage stressful situations?
☛ Tell me about your past employment and how it's relevant to this position.
☛ Where do you see yourself in 5 years? What were you goals 2 years ago? What are your goals now?
☛ Why are you interested in the operating room? Why do you want to be an OR nurse?
☛ What kind of communicator are you and give an example of it?
☛ Give an example of a confrontation between you and a co-worker, how was the problem solved?
☛ What are the roles of the nurses in the OR?
☛ What are your strengths and weaknesses?
☛ What would your colleagues say about you?
☛ How would you set up for a latex allergy?
☛ What is the safe surgery checklist?
☛ How do you handle stress in your life?
☛ How do you handle emergency situations? And give an example.
☛ What is family centred care? (I work in a peds OR)
☛ Rate how well you are as a scrub and a circulating nurse in these services: eg. Ortho, general, ENT, Neuro, plastics, etc.
☛ How do you maintain your education?
☛ How would you set up for an emergency craniotomy as a scrub nurse and as a circulating nurse?
☛ How do you prepare to scrub/circulate for case you've haven't done?
☛ How do you maintain a good work life balance?
Injections are given by nurses a lot of the time. Therefore, provide the interviewer with the population sectors within which you have worked with giving injections. This may be only certain sectors or all sectors. Vaccinations are given by nurses to patients as early as infancy and right through the senior years of older patients. The travel vaccine is one of the most common injections which nurses administer.
Many a times, people abuse the patients and do not do what is expected of them. As a nursing assistant, your first priority is patient. Therefore, if you notice anything wrong, you first have to find out if any harm was caused to the patient and then act accordingly. The interviewer needs to know whether or not you have the patient's interest at heart.
You can answer this question like this- “I'll review the files of the patients so as to refresh their treatment plans in my mind. This will also help me explain the things to the nurse aide who is going to resume the duty for the next shift.”
Most importantly, nurses keep a sharp eye out for signs and symptoms of disease or any health problems. If they notice anything suspicious they report it to parents, with a written recommendation to visit a specialist. Other preventive measures are vaccines administered at school, and health education for the children.
When a nursing career is entered your training, schooling, and qualifications are everything. Medicine and doctors are important to life and any problem or mistake can have severe consequences.
Use this time to explain to your employer why you have chosen this specific area of practice. Briefly discuss where you attended school, and what preparations you made in order to better prepare for your nursing career. Did you take any special weekend or night courses where a certificate was granted? Be proud of your achievements and be prepared to discuss your theoretical training as well as your practical training. If any certificates were awarded bring them along with you, an employer may like to keep a copy in their folders as well.
The best answer to this would be, “I would go along with what the patient is saying. If the patient is disturbed I would calm them down and then I would speak to my supervisor.”
In certain situations, especially when a doctor is not immediately available, nurses may be required to administer first-aid or emergency treatment. When emergency situations arise, nurses are often nearby because they are tasked with monitoring patients who are recuperating. Therefore, they are the first health care professionals to provide assistance to a patient experiencing an emergency situation. You may wish to add to this answer with an example from your own experience in which you had to administer first-aid or emergency treatment and explain the procedure that you applied to the patient.
I remain calm and escort the family member outside and then ask the family member what the problem is.
As a graduate nurse, I am yet to work in a specialty area. However, I have had a placement at a neurosurgical ward.
Nursing is a challenge on the whole. There is so much at stake when you are working as an RN. However, working as one in an operating room environment is especially challenging because of the tense atmosphere that ORs carry. Over the years, I have learnt to manage my stress by disassociating myself emotionally. When one is not emotionally involved in a situation, things become easier to manage.
While it is not my place to hold anyone accountable directly, I will make sure that the right person knows what is going on. Hospitals, particularly operating rooms are sensitive places and cannot allow nefarious activities to take place.
It would depend on the patients neurological status, ability to ambulate, and if they were on fall precautions. If the patient was at risk for falls they may require one person, or two person assist. The most important aspect of transferring is to make sure that the wheel chair is locked, the bed is locked and in the lowest position, the head of the bed is raised, and their are no cords that would cause a patient to trip. Then I would move the legs to the edge of the bed, allowing time for the patient to adjust to the position change. This is because a patient may suffer from orthostatic hypotension. Next I would provide support under the arms for a patient and instruct them that I am going to help them into a wheel chair.
If it does not affect how i can perform my duties I do not mind to help out. If it is going to put me behind on my schedule i will probably still do it even though i may be a annoyed.
Being a nursing assistant, you have to follow the orders of your superiors as quickly as possible in emergency situations.
Think carefully about your answer to this question well in advance. A good plan is to have two or three key strengths that you plan to provide. Make sure that these strengths relate closely to the position that you are applying for. When providing your strengths, provide a concrete example as well.
Share in your interview one or two weaknesses. Be honest with your future employer; show that you have the maturity and insight needed to recognize your weaknesses and areas needing improvement. When sharing a weakness also discuss how you are making positive steps toward improvement.
Again prepare for this by finding out as much as possible about the job and the facility. Demonstrate why this job is the one you particularly want using this background research. For example:”I am specifically looking for a position in a facility like this because of it's excellent emergency care …..”
Patients (especially the elderly) do fall down and as a nursing assistant it is your responsibility to help them and assess the situation to determine whether or not to call for help.
Tell the oncoming nurse about the most high risk patients that day. Talk to them not only about patients but also the most that happened to staff that day.
Only nursing journals i have read are the scholarly, peer-reviewed journals that we need for research papers and class exercises.
Stay positive regardless of the circumstances. Never refer to a major problem with management and never speak ill of supervisors, co-workers or the organization. If you do, you will be the one looking bad. Keep smiling and talk about leaving for a positive reason such as an opportunity, a chance to do something special or other forward-looking reasons.
I am a very professional individual. And I can go from being businesslike to compassionate within a second, depending on the situation. This makes it easy for surgical teams to work with me. And patients love it! I have demonstrated expertise in creating and implementing core nursing care plans – both pre and postoperative. I can develop educational materials to assist patients and their families understand what to expect before and after surgeries. And my meticulousness while preparing surgical rooms is quite widely talked about!
This is not a trick question. This question gives you the opportunity to share your talents, experiences, and qualifications with your future employer. Make sure to reference briefly your professional past when answering this question. This will allow the employer to learn more about you as a person and as a professional. Explain how you're training and past experience has helped qualify you for this specific job. When reviewing your resume ahead of time pay close attention to the key job requirements and relevant skills and abilities you may have gained over your past jobs. Be prepared to provide specific examples of these skills you have portrayed when answering this form of question.
The best way to answer this question is to recapitulate your qualifications and experience. Do not forget to mention what makes you different from the competition.
The interviewer wants to determine how you deal with various challenges associated with the job. Tell them about any past experience that you faced in your pervious job as a CNA.
Here's a question you need to be very prepared to answer. And your answer better be flawless. Employers want to know you're ambitious, but not so ambitious that you'll leave in 6 months to pursue an advanced degree in English Literature or study naturopathic medicine in the jungles of Thailand. Hiring a new employee is a big investment, and an interview wants to know they are investing their time and money wisely.
It's time to pull out your old performance appraisals and boss's quotes. This is a great way to brag about yourself through someone else's words: “My boss has told me that I am the best designer he has ever had. He knows he can rely on me, and he likes my sense of humor.”
Being unfamiliar with the organisation will spoil your chances with 75% of interviewers, according to one survey, so take this chance to show you have done your preparation and know the company inside and out. You will now have the chance to demonstrate that you've done your research, so reply mentioning all the positive things you have found out about the organisation and its sector etc. This means you'll have an enjoyable work environment and stability of employment etc – everything that brings out the best in you.
I have continuously worked in a multi-disciplinary environment with physicians, social workers, and nurse aides. It is important to maintain a strong relationship with physicians because they also work closely with patients. Especially when advocating for a patient it is important to have a relationship with physicians who respect you.
The prior nurse forgot to inform me about a patients condition. We reviewed the miss communication the following day.
I had a patient who's pain control was unmanageable. I notified the charge nurse and we notified the physician to get a different medication or dose that would be more therapeutic, but the physician declined the request. Still advocating for my patient we tried different non pharma interventions but his painw as still unmanageable. I didn't like that we couldn't make him pain free.
Ask them to come to the quiet area of the waiting room and let them know what happened using therapeutic communication.
This is your time to shine. Just remember the interviewer is looking for work related strengths. Mention a number of them such as being a good motivator, problem solver, performing well under pressure, being loyal, having a positive attitude, eager to learn, taking initiative, and attention to detail. Whichever you go for, be prepared to give examples that illustrate this particular skill.
As soon as an operative procedure is completed, it is the job of the nurse to check and record vitals, arrange for orderly and safe transition to recovery rooms, and evaluate patients' response to the surgical interventions.