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Things to Ask in an Interview for a Nursing Position

by Jane Quanbeck, studioD

The number of employed registered nurses in the United States will increase by 26 percent between 2010 and 2020, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The expected increase in employment of registered nurses is higher than the average in any other occupation in the United States. In an effort to grasp these amazing opportunities, registered nurses need preparation before going for an interview. Apart from answering all the questions as required during the interview, there are some questions they need to ask their prospective employers.

Work Environment

Nurses can work in different environments, including hospitals, correctional facilities, home health care services and physician offices. They need to find out more about the work environment from prospective employers to understand whether their skill set and personality will be best suited for a given job. Once the nurse has crucial information such as how long the shifts will be and how many nurses are expected to work during every shift, they can make a more informed decision.

Training and Orientation

Nurses should find out whether there is a training and mentor program in place. Especially when working in an environment they are not very familiar with, a nurse should know how intensive the orientation will be. They need to ask whether they have to set aside extra hours for this orientation or whether it will be taking place during their assigned shifts. Most employers will have a set period of time when the orientation period will last after which the nurse will get her first pay. The nurse should also seek clarification with regards to the expected remuneration during this time frame.

Administration and Management

Being a nurse means that, at times, you may be expected to make difficult decisions within the shortest time possible. It is necessary to understand the organizational hierarchy at your future workplace and your boundaries as an employee. Sometimes good intentions can have expensive consequences in the medical field. Therefore, find out from your prospective employer about your immediate supervisor and how much autonomy you should expect to have in decision-making.

Questions During the Interview

Ask questions that build on the interview discussion to give the impression that you have a genuine interest in that hospital or organization. Specific questions resulting from the discussion demonstrate that you have the ability to pay close attention and that you are taking the interview seriously. For instance, you can request one of the panelists to elaborate on a particular issue brought up during the interview process. If you have a good memory, it is a plus to address the panelists by name.

About the Author

Jane Quanbeck’s professional writing career dates back to 2004. She holds a Masters in Business Administration and a Bachelor of Commerce in finance from Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western and Queens School of Business, respectively. She also has a diploma in journalism from Grant McEwan College.

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