travel nurse hospital interview

Travel Nursing Hospital Interview(s) 

After your travel nurse hospital interview, your recruiter submits you to a contract. It’s time to wait for your approval and interview date. Remember that you are interviewing the facility as much as the facility is interviewing you. If you ask the right questions, you’ll better decide whether this contract is good for you. This is a good opportunity to ask yourself what things you want in a unit. 

A travel nursing interview will be either directly with the manager of the unit or a submission with a pre-recorded prompt. If you have a choice, It is recommended to speak with the unit manager you’ll be working for. Some hospitals have you audio record your answers, which may initially feel awkward. The perk is you can interview in the comfort of your home and resubmit your answers. 

Travel nurse Interview questions you may be asked

  • Can you describe a situation in which you handled a difficult patient?
  • Are you capable of wise and fast decision-making? Please provide an example of this.
  • Have you ever disagreed with a colleague over the management of a patient? How was this resolved?
  • What changes have you contributed to establishing practices to improve patient care?
  • Can you describe frustrations you have dealt with as an RN and how you resolved them?
  • How do you manage stressful situations?

Travel Nurse Interview Questions to Ask

The following questions help you ask informed questions on the spot during your travel nurse hospital interview. This way, you will have a solid idea of what you are getting into. You usually only get one chance to talk with the hospital before accepting the job.

  • Scheduling – Can you work your shifts back to back? How far in advance is the schedule available?
  • What is the staffing ratio?
  • Is floating required? How often do travelers float?
  • Who will be doing my schedule?
  • How often is overtime available?
  • How is the unit culture on day/night shift?
  • Why do you have this position available, recent turnover rate?
  • What is the policy for breaks/lunch? Is there someone to relieve you?
  • What assistive staff is available on the unit? CNAs, unit secretary, transport, etc.?
  • What type of charting system is used? 
  • Has the hospital or unit used travelers before?  Have any extended? How many travelers are in the facility currently?
  • How often are unit meetings? 
  • What is the orientation process for travelers? Unit orientation hours?  Will you receive orientation on each unit you will work?
  • Which units will I float between when the census is low?

If you have any questions regarding specific dates off, this is the time to ask. If there is consent to the dates off, ensure the approved time off is documented in the contract. Before you submit your contract, you’re able to see your package. Do not ask your facility about the travel contract package; this will be negotiated with your recruiter. The hospital has a set bill rate between the facility and the travel agency.  


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