Registered Nurse Interview Questions

Working as a registered nurse (RN) involves providing direct care to patients in various healthcare settings. When interviewing for a position as a registered nurse, it is likely that you will be asked questions about your nursing experience and how you handle stressful situations.

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Top Registered Nurse Interview Questions & How to Answer

Here are three top registered nurse interview questions and tips on how to answer them:

Question No. 1: How do you work as part of a team?

How to answer: Healthcare providers work together as part of a team to provide better care to patients and address their unique needs. When you answer this question, use the STAR (situation, task, action, result) method to outline a specific situation in which you collaborated well with your team and the positive outcome that came from doing so. Describe your collaboration, flexibility and cooperation skills in your answer.

Question No. 2: How would you describe effective patient education?

How to answer: When answering a question about educating patients – a task that the RN is often responsible for – emphasise the importance of adapting to different learning styles to provide quality education. You might talk about different options to indicate a willingness to cater for the needs of a patient and demonstrate your communication skills.

Question No. 3: Describe a situation in which you worked with a difficult patient.

How to answer: Across all areas of healthcare, registered nurses will encounter difficult and uncooperative patients. In your answer, talk about a situation in which you faced a challenging patient and what you did to help them feel more comfortable and at ease.

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Kaiser Permanente
Registered Nurse was asked...30 September 2012

Tell me what you would do if you heard a rumor about someone and then you had to work with them. Would you assume it to be true or get to know the person first.

10 Answers

dont participate in this crap at work!!!!!!

I do not get involved with gossip at work

Make my opinion of this person based on my own interactions with them.

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Hospital Santa Marcelina

Se vc vi se um colega preparando uma medicação errada oque vc faria

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Chamaria ele e ajudaria, juntamente com a prescrição medica

Chamaria ele de canto, e ofereci ajudar a preparar a medicação correta

Chamaria ele de canto se ele estivesse pronto a fazer a medicação e na frente do paciente diria que o médico alterou a prescrição e ofereceria ajuda Less

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Tell me a time you went above and beyond for a patient.

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I was in the same boat and had a shadow day today but was just told there may not be openings in November. Have you heard anything? Less

I had a shadow day last Wednesday also, but did not hear that information! Where did you hear that? I have not heard anything since the shadow day. Less

I emailed one of the recruiters and thanked her for the opportunity to come in and shadow and she responded that she was still waiting for confirmation that more could be hired for November and the next start date is a few months out. She said she’d know more this week. Have you heard back at all? Less

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

name a time you were unable to keep a deadline

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did you get an offer?

Hi! I did the same. I was also asked to interview at the nursing ops interview day. Have you heard anything? Less

I haven’t heard anything yet today- I am still in the new RN talent pool, hoping for an interview soon...what is the nursing ops day Less

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Can you speak directly with the physician if needed?

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Tell me a time where you faced a difficult patient ?

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and helping on the time the they need someone to be there

make a different on a patient on his or her last days of the life

Confort then on we what they need to be really care to then

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Fort HealthCare

What would you do if you entered a patient room and found them unconscious.

5 Answers

Following standard bedside emergnecy practice, first I would call a code immediately, then begin checking the patient’s breathing and circulation. When help arrives make sure to have adequate IV access and then follow directions from the physician. Less

assuming this is an inpatient scenario and other staff are within communication distance; you’ve already checked for responsiveness, check carotid pulse & for ADEQUATE respiration, call a code and begin CPR. Less

Stay with the client but call for help check the spo2 if low commence oxygen send for doctor check for other vital signs, check Blood sugar levels , when the doctor comes follow instructions and document all you have been doing. Less

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Spectrum Home Healthcare

They want someone who is looking for a long-term position

4 Answers


Full time is exactly what I am looking for.

Full time employment is exactly what I am looking for.

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LRS Healthcare
Staff RN was asked...11 November 2017

What experience do you have?

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13 years of CVICU

job experience as nurse medical technology department .

hi dear sir /madam i am a qualify nurse ,qualify medical laboratory technician degree (pediatric medical) in kabul medical university but unfortunately due to war situation i could not complete i have flown as a refugee in UK i used to work in J R Hospital with a good recommendation letter from (MAUand MSSU) I,ve got a lots of job experience in my country job as nurse in UK hca . Less

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US Department of Veterans Affairs

Why do you wanna work for the VA?

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I would be honored to serve the people that defended her country. I am energetics enthusiastic, and a very hard worker. I have been a very good listener, because sometimes your patients don’t need a medication they just need someone to take the time to listen to them, and not always give feedback. I enjoy being a nurse I pride myself and being a good nurse it’s something that’s very important to me. I feel that every single person for each patient whether it’s housekeeping, the phlebotomist or the doctor we need to be on United team in the best interest of our patient. Less

I would be honored to be part of a team that cares for people who defend our county, Veterans. I am enthusiastic, passionate, energetic, & a hard worker. Besides giving treatments, wound care, giving medication, & many other duties as a nurse. Sometimes, patients just need someone to take the time to listen to them & not always give feedback. I love being a nurse. I pride myself in doing a good job, making a difference in people’s lives, & it’s very important to me. I feel that each person that interacts with the clients is part of the patients care team. All staff is an essential part of the team. It’s imperative that the team works together to ensure the patient’s needs are met, they receives the best care, treatment, education, and is an active participant. The team needs to communicate with each other, give feedback on the patient, and work together. Less

I respect the VA and I’m trying to find a position that gives me a security. Also, I feel respected working for the government. Less

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