Hospice Nurse

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

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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