Nurse Manager Interview Questions

"A nurse manager combines the care and skill of a nurse with the leadership skills and responsibilities of a manager. In addition to having the educational and clinical experience as a nurse, you should also be knowledgeable about financial management and practice policy. Employers are looking to hire candidates who are goal-oriented and have superb people management skills. In preparation for an interview, be ready to role-play situations with a difficult staff member or an unhappy patient."

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Meridian Health
Nurse Manager was asked...April 1, 2016

From Leader: We are in need of someone with a good eye for detail yet have the vision to take on unit based quality projects and see them through. How do you think your experience and skill set fits our need?

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As a project leader, I need to keep my eyes on the goal and part of that is making sure all of the i's are dotted and t's are crossed. For example, managing the bedside calls and chart audits to collect project data is extraordinarily detail oriented yet to be able to paint the big picture, perform continuous project improvements to the program and present outcomes requires a broader vision. Less

Tripler Army Medical Center

What did I hope to accomplish in my nursing career and how would this position fit into my plans

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As I get older and less physically able to handle the physical demands of In-Patient nursing, I need to find opportunities in Out-Patient areas that will lead to promotion and allow me to use my training and experience to contribute to the health care system and improve patient care. This position would be the next logical step to reach these goals, in this clinic. Less


Can you speak directly with the physician if needed?

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The Arora Group

When are you available?

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One month, but turned into six months.

2 weeks

Ready In 2 weeks, as long I give my 2 week notice at work.


Tell me 3 positive things your co-workers might say about you.

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They would say that I am a great listener, I don'the get flustered very easily and I managed my time to be able to complete tasks in a timely manner. Less

They would say that I am determined, dependable, and innovative.


They asked me if I knew anyone who worked for the company. I told them I did. They asked me if I knew the rates for home health visits. The manager then quoted me incorrect lower rates. I actually did know what they were paying before my interview. I lost respect for the company after that. The rates per visit were lower than I would have accepted...AND THEY TRIED TO OFFER ME A LOWER RATE THAN THEY PREVIOUSLY PAID NURSES!!

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Why did you play dumb when they quoted you the rates?

Apparently they got me mixed up with another candidate. Very unprofessional. Wasted my time. Would not recommend this company. I just played dumb when they quoted me the rates. I knew this would not work. Less

Mayo Clinic

How I could contribute to the unit; How well I could handle conflict (detailed response expected); how would I handle a medication error; Why did I want to work for Mayo

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I am a task oriented person and I know that i can do whatever you want me to do. My cognition towards the skill set you require says a lot that me being a good candidate. I can give my hard work to the organization and can carry organizations goal to a different level. And at the same time that will enhance my capabilities in the sector. Less

How well I could handle conflict

Kaiser Permanente

How do you handle difficult situation with your boss?

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Be upfront and open minded

Try to understand their point of view, then add yours in. Meet somewhere in middle. People want to be understood, not always correct. Less

Heartland Hospice

How I felt about death and dying

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I had a lot of experience with death and dying from previous positions

Death is not a traumatic experience in hospice. It is an experience shared with family and loved ones. The more educated the family and loved ones, the more beautiful the experience for everyone including the patient. Less

Advanced Correctional Healthcare

They asked me about one of my managers and how that person helped me grow.

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I didn’t mean to vote, but cannot fix it. Was trying to figure out how to see the rest of the answer. Less

I told them of how my manager was a mentor and a professional that assisted me in my management skills. Less

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