Common nurse interview questions

Common nurse interview questions

Whatever stage of your nursing career you’re at, there are some core questions that you’re likely to be asked in any nurse interview. Let’s look at some common questions and how you might go about answering them.

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Why did you choose nursing as a profession?

Highlight your passion for helping others and your desire to make a positive impact on people’s lives. Discuss how nursing allows you to combine compassion with healthcare expertise to provide holistic care.

What interests you about this particular nursing position/department?

Demonstrate your enthusiasm for the specific nursing position/department you’re applying for. Discuss how it aligns with your experience, skills and professional goals. Mention the opportunities it offers to work with a diverse patient population or use your expertise in a particular area of nursing.

Describe your experience and background in nursing.

Provide an overview of your nursing experience, mentioning the number of years you’ve worked and the settings you’ve been a part of. Highlight any specialities, skills, or qualifications you have. Emphasise your dedication to continuous learning and professional growth. If you have attended any emergency first aid training courses such as this one, be sure to outline the main learning points.

How do you stay updated with current medical practices and developments in the nursing field?

Discuss attending conferences, participating in continuing education courses, reading relevant literature and engaging in professional discussions with colleagues. You can also stay up to date by regularly reading the news on the BMJ, which you can find here:

How do you prioritise and manage your workload in a fast-paced environment?

Discuss effective time management techniques, prioritising tasks based on urgency and importance, delegating when appropriate and maintaining open communication with the healthcare team.

What steps do you take to maintain patient safety and prevent medical errors?

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Discuss adherence to protocols and guidelines, attention to detail, thorough assessments, and verification of patient information. Also talk about effective use of technology, clear communication, double-checking medications, and open communication among the healthcare team.

Remember to use these guidelines as the basis for your answers and practice them before the interview. Good luck.

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