Nurse Assistant Interview Questions


Certified nursing assistants---also known as nurse's aides, orderlies, patient care technicians and home health aides---work under a nurse's supervision, handling such tasks as bathing, grooming and feeding patients, helping with medical equipment and checking patients' vital signs. Typical job interview questions include the ones any job-seeker might face and some specific to the nursing field. Having answers ready can help you ace the interview.

Coping With Challenges

  • The website lists several interview questions it recommends:
    •How have you handled patients who resist your help and ignore your directions?
    •How well do you work under pressure?
    •A CNA must be able to follow orders from doctors and nurses. How did you handle it when your superior asked you to do something you didn't believe in?
    •How do you deal with unpleasant tasks such as measuring urinary output and collecting specimens for tests?

Career Experience

  • The website suggests that nurses anticipate certain questions about their career:
    •Have you worked as a nurse before?
    •Have you ever received an award for your work?
    •What are your educational qualifications for nursing?
    •Describe a nursing case you've handled in the past.

General Questions

  • Some concerns are common to every employer. offers several such questions:
    •What is an acceptable level of tardiness or absenteeism? How do you handle situations that could cause you to be tardy or absent?
    •If you've ever caught another employee stealing, how did you handle it?
    •How do you respond to criticism from your supervisor?
    •Describe something you did without being asked.

Shift work

  • Scheduling is important at a hospital and questions about it may come up:
    •At your previous job, how often did you stay late if your manager requested it?
    •How would you react if your replacement calls in sick and the substitute won't be there for another hour?
    •In a 24/7 medical operation, how do you ensure a seamless transition between shifts?

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