1. Tell me what made you choose nursing as a profession?

My interest in healthcare stemmed from the volunteer position that I held at the SOS Children's Hospital during my high school. Since then, there has been no turning back. I realized I loved the whole concept of nursing and what it stands for.

2. Tell me why did you choose your specialty area of nursing?

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.

3. Tell me what is your most significant professional achievement so far?

My contributions to the hospital's nursing department have always been highly commended by my employer. Last year I initiated a computerized supplies inventory mechanism in the department which was also adopted by other departments since it ensured 100% availability of supplies on the floor 24 hours.

4. What salary are you looking for as Director Of Nursing?

I'm more interested in the role itself than the pay. That said, I'd expect to be paid the appropriate range for this role, based on my five years of experience. I also think a fair salary would bear in mind the high cost of living here in New York City.

5. What are your future goals as Director Of Nursing?

Your answer should show your commitment to this job and facility. You can explain how this nursing job meets your long term objectives by providing an opportunity to grow and develop your nursing skills.

6. Tell me how do you implement discipline in the staff?

Discipline is an integral factor in nursing practice. I ensure my staff is disciplined by counseling them and sending brief reminders from time to time regarding the same. In case an employee crosses the line I take suitable disciplinary action to keep all the staff on track.

7. Tell us why are you leaving your present job?

Explain how this opening provides a new challenge and opportunity. Avoid criticizing your former employer or colleagues and giving a negative reason for leaving. Focus on the positive possibilities that will come with a move to a new nursing job.

8. How do you explain your gap in employment as Director Of Nursing?

My work is important to me, so I won't be satisfied with any old nursing job. Instead of rushing to accept the first thing that comes my way, I'm taking my time and being selective to make sure my next role is the right one.

9. What kind of salary do you need as Director Of Nursing?

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.

10. Explain me what, in your opinion, are the typical duties of a nurse manager?

A nurse manager identifies patient needs and mentors the nursing staff to cater for the same through implementation of effective nursing care strategies. He/she is also responsible for monitoring the nursing care being delivered and coordinating with hospital management and the nursing team regarding patient care protocols.

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