Published On : December 06, 2010
You wrote a strong resume and cover letter, and it paid off. You have been invited to an interview for the position of postpartum nurse. Your resume let your interviewers know that you have the education and experience to work at their healthcare facility. The face-to-face meeting is your chance to show them who you are as a person and what you have to offer their organization. It is also your opportunity to assess whether this is the right job for you.
To shine in the interview, you need to be fully prepared, which will lend to your confidence. In addition to pressing your suit, reviewing your resume, and researching the healthcare facility you're interviewing with, it's wise to prepare to answer any question they may ask you. Contemplate your answers to general questions such as "why should we hire you?" and to queries specific to the nursing industry. Here are five common postpartum nurse interview questions you should be ready to answer.
5 Postpartum Nurse Interview Questions & Answers
1. Why did you select a career as a nurse?
I am naturally a caring and empathetic individual, and working with new mothers has always been a passion for me. I want to do all I can to make a woman's birth experience a positive and memorable one, no matter what the circumstances. Even as a child, I was fascinated by science and medicine so eventually took the path to nursing school. In high school, I volunteered on the maternity ward at our local hospital and watched new mothers with their newborns in awe. It was then I knew I wanted to become a nurse working in postpartum.
2. Are you better at taking or giving orders?
As a nurse, I have experience doing both. Because I am a strong leader, it is easy for me to give orders with assertiveness yet diplomacy. I often like to think of giving orders as teaching or giving advice and guidance, although there are times when a concise order is necessary to the wellbeing of a mother and baby. I am also adept at following orders, however, as I understand that a physician in charge has the expertise in many situations that I don't have. I can follow detailed instructions to the letter and am happy to do so when my job calls for it.
3. How do you manage the stress of working 10 or 12-hour shifts, which sometimes happens at our hospital?
In order to be fully present as I'm taking care of patients when I am on the clock, I take exemplary care of myself when I am on my own time. I exercise regularly, get plenty of rest, manage my personal relationships effectively, and have a strong support network. I'm also a strong believer in the oxygen-mask-on-an-airplane theory. In order to help and even save others, I know I must first put on my own oxygen mask. Frankly, I am so passionate about my work that the longer shifts fly by more quickly than imaginable.
4. What are you looking for in an employer?
I am looking for an innovative healthcare organization that is truly dedicated to providing the highest level of care possible to its patients. I want to provide the best for my patients, and by working for a topnotch clinic with forward-thinking administrators, I know I can do my job more effectively. I have read your clinic's publications, blogs, and newsletters and know your facility is highly regarded for its grade-A healthcare practices.
5. How would a supervisor describe your nursing abilities?
A supervisor would describe me as a very compassionate, capable postpartum nurse. He or she would also point out my ability to remain calm under considerable pressure. Even in difficult births, I have remained light on my feet and able to soothe my patients while tending to their needs. In fact, I am at my best under pressure because I know my attitude and energy will be directly translated to my patient and the other staff members. If I can be a calm presence in the room, everyone can benefit. Patients pick up on cues from the nursing staff, so I want to make these new mothers feel confident that they are in the best hands possible.