Nursing Interview Questions
Interviewing for a nursing position can be a grueling and often scary process. The goal of the interview is to match up the right nurse to the right health care provider (hospital) in a way that produces the best results for the patients. In this, there are a number of important questions that should be asked by a nurse regarding choosing the right hospital to join.
Some good questions to ask are:
- What are the nurse / medical assistant-to-patient ratios?
- Is there parking available and do I have to pay for it?
- What shifts are available, and will they change with or without notification?
- How is scheduling done?
- Will I be able to request my scheduled days?
- How often are shifts cancelled?
- Is the position temporary, temp-to-perm, or permanent?
- What types of patients will I be dealing with?
- How big is the hospital?
- How many beds are in the unit?
- Will there be overtime available if I want it?
- Is overtime mandatory?
- Will I be required to do any on-call duty? How often?
- Are weekends required?
- What sort of charting system does the hospital / medical office use?
- What type of uniform is required? Who purchases them?
- Are there any required tests before or after job acceptance, and who pays for them?
- Are there annual or review-based bonuses available?
- How are pay increases done?
- Will you have CNAs or LPNs working on the unit as well?
- Will I be floating, and if I am, to what units?
- Will there be floating to other hospitals in town?
By asking some of these questions during or shortly after your nursing interview, you can determine if the hospital you're considering will provide a work atmosphere you are comfortable with.
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