Hospice Nurse Interview Questions

Ready to find your next compassionate hospice nurse? These sample interview questions will help you find the best person for the job.

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Hospice Nurse qualifications to look for 

Hospice nurses are registered nurses who provide end-of-life support to terminally ill patients. This is done in a care facility or the patient’s home. They are very compassionate nurses who believe in the hospice philosophy and can handle the burden of losing patients. 

 📌Don’t forget: Check local legislation as licensure requirements vary per location and job description. 

Keep an eye out for candidates who are:

  • Mentally resilient 
  • Strong communicators
  • Good with people 
  • Detail-oriented
  • Compassionate
  • Strong advocates

Top tip: Hire candidates willing to grow by making sure their personal career goals align with your company's mission.

Role-specific interview questions

  • How do you handle the emotional challenges of being a hospice nurse? 
  • Why is hospice care important? Why did you get into this line of work? 
  • What other healthcare professionals should a hospice nurse collaborate with? Why are these relationships important? 
  • How do you handle stress? What do you do to unwind after a stressful day? 
  • Explain the difference between routine and GIP care.
  • When do you administer morphine to patients? How do you go about making this decision? 
  • What does a peaceful death look like?

Behavioral interview questions

  • Tell me about a time you felt great satisfaction with your job. What was the situation and how did it make you a better nurse? 
  • Tell me about the first time you lost a patient. How did you handle it and how did it change you? 
  • Describe a time you had difficulty getting the patient’s family to accept their upcoming death. What are the steps you take to ease a family’s burden? 
  • Have you ever faced a family in denial about a patient’s condition? How did you manage the situation?
  • Recall a time a patient started panicking. What was the situation and how did you calm them? 

Problem-solving interview questions

  • How do you handle the situation when a patient dies and their family isn’t around? How do you take care of the patient and inform the family? 
  • How do you work with a patient who complains frequently? 
  • What do you do if a DNR patient just died and a panicked caregiver tries to perform CPR on them?
  • What do you do if you suspect that a family member is stealing the patient’s medication?
  • What do you do if a family member tries to convince the patient to continue treatment that stopped at the patient’s request?

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