Practical Nurse Interview Preparation Guide
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Practical Nurse Frequently Asked Questions by expert members with experience in Licensed Practical Nurse. These questions and answers will help you strengthen your technical skills, prepare for the new job test and quickly revise the concepts

64 Licensed Practical Nurse Questions and Answers:

1 :: What do you do to keep current with medical findings and practices as licensed practical nurse?

★ I offer my patients the very best care and advocacy I can.
★ I believe that I offer my patients comfort and confidence that they are being well cared for.
★ I feel that my patients know that I am there to provide comfort and understanding that I will listen to their concerns and that I will act as their advocate if necessary.

2 :: How do you handle stress on the job as licensed practical nurse?

★ By focusing on the most important thing, the care of the patient. I feel I owe it to my patients to stay calm and focused on them.
★ There are often stressful situations that arise. I just make sure that the stresses of the job don't interfere with the care of the patient.
★ I am generally an easy going person and I don't allow on the job stress to interfere with my work.

3 :: How would you deal with a doctor who was rude?

★ I would bring the question to my supervisor. If the doctor was displeased with me in some way, I would want to find out so I could take action to rectify the situation.
★ I would ask the doctor if there was something in my care of the patient that she felt needed discussion.
★ If it were a one time occurrence, I would figure that she was just having a bad day. If it happened repeatedly, I would notify my supervisor.

4 :: How would you handle a patient who constantly complains about pain as practical nurse?

★ I would confer with the attending doctor to make sure that the patient's pain was being managed in the most effective way.
★ I would reassure the patient that everything possible was being done to alleviate their discomfort.
★ I would listen sympathetically to their complaint, reassure them that their concerns were being heard and that we were doing everything possible to help them.

5 :: Please tell me how would you handle a family who is displeased with your patient's care as practical nurse?

★ I would listen to their concerns and reassure them that I was doing my very best for their loved one.
★ Sometimes family members are looking for someone or something to blame for what their loved one is going through. I would try to reassure them that the patient was getting the best quality of care available.
★ I would listen to their concerns and make sure that if any were well founded they were addressed immediately.

6 :: What do you feel when you contribute to your patients as practical nurse?

★ I offer my patients the very best care and advocacy I can.
★ I believe that I offer my patients comfort and confidence that they are being well cared for.
★ I feel that my patients know that I am there to provide comfort and understanding, that I will listen to their concerns and that I will act as their advocate if necessary.

7 :: What do you find difficult about being a nurse?

★ Sometimes I find it difficult to leave work at work, as I tend to become very involved with my patients.
★ I think the most difficult part of being a nurse is when I have a patient that is very unhappy or in a lot of pain and I can not comfort them to the degree I would like.
★ I prefer to look at difficulties as challenges, and I enjoy conquering challenges.

8 :: What made you choose nursing as a career?

I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting and makes a difference in people's lives on a daily basis.

9 :: What do you think about nursing?

I believe that nursing is one of the most interesting and growing careers available today and I enjoy the difference I can make in my patient's hospital experience.

10 :: Do you have any professional affiliations as a practical nurse?

Absolutely, I feel it's important to stay informed about the nursing profession. I'm a member of the hospitals and associations.

11 :: How has your training prepared you for the challenges you will face as a practical nurse?

I had an internship position at a center after graduating last year, which gave me hands on experience with patients and I am anxious to pursue my career specializing in cancer treatment.

12 :: Would you become a doctor if you had the opportunity as nurse?

No, I enjoy the personal contact with my patients and the comradeship with my colleagues unique to nursing. I chose to become a nurse because I find the field fascinating. I plan on advancing my career as a nurse, not a doctor.

13 :: What do you find most rewarding about being a nurse?

★ The most rewarding thing for me as a nurse is seeing the joy when a family first holds their baby.
★ Interacting with the patients and their families is what I find most rewarding.
★ I find helping patients through recovery after surgery, which is often one of their greatest challenges, to be most rewarding.

14 :: Would you describe yourself as organized as in nursing field?

Absolutely. I like to have a check list and make sure that each item gets the attention it needs. Sometimes a little too much so. I make sure that everything is neat and in order. I am a very organized and thorough person, which I think contributes to my success as a nurse. I use several online and desktop tools to stay organized. I like to carefully plan my daily, weekly and long term work project. That helps me stay organized.

15 :: Are you a self motivator as a nurse?

Absolutely, I can always find something productive that needs doing. I am very motivated to do a good job at what I take on and I like to stay busy. I am a self motivator and I take great pride in my job as a nurse.

16 :: What would you do if your replacement did not arrive as a nurse?

★ I would wait until she arrived or until someone else was called in.
★ I would notify the supervisor and offer to stay until my replacement arrived.
★ Try calling her to see if she were on the way or if she needed help making arrangements for someone to take her shift.

17 :: How would you handle a patient who complains about everything?

I would first be sure that the patient had no valid complaints and then just be patient and reassure them that we were doing our very best for them. I understand that some patients will complain about everything, just because they are unhappy about what brought them to our care. I just reassure them that everything possible is being done to make them comfortable.

18 :: What is your greatest strength as a nurse?

The best way to respond is to describe the skills and experience that directly correlate with the job you are applying for. Be prepared to answer by making a list of the qualifications mentioned in the job posting. Then, make a list of your skills that match those listed. This list can include education or training, soft skills, hard skills or past work experiences.

19 :: How will your greatest strength help you perform as a nurse?

An effective answer to this question will demonstrate how your greatest strength will make you an asset to the company. When you respond, relate your strengths to both the job description and your ability to perform at work.

20 :: What is your greatest weakness as a nurse?

One approach to answering this question is to analyze the key skills and strengths required for the position you are interviewing for and then come up with an honest shortcoming which is not essential.