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
- 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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