Nursing Supervisor qualifications to look for
Nursing supervisors take charge of day-to-day management and long-term planning of patient care. Your top hire will have significant hands-on experience as well as excellent managerial knowledge.
This position usually requires an RN plus ample experience working in healthcare. Your candidates should have a thorough knowledge of nursing duties, and relevant work experience pertaining to your specific job duties like administrating tasks.
📌Don’t forget: Check local legislation as licensure requirements vary per location and job description.
Keep an eye out for candidates who are:
- Calm under pressure
- Strong communicators
- Powerful leaders
- Solid conflict resolvers
Top tip: Diversity is key to a thriving workplace. Keep an eye out for management and exec-level candidates from varying backgrounds and aim to eliminate bias from your hiring process.
Role-specific interview questions
- What’s your experience in training, supervising and evaluating? Are you comfortable taking on this role?
- How do nursing or management skills balance out as a nursing supervisor? Is one more important than the other?
- How would you report to the nursing director? How do you maintain relationships with your supervisors?
- What do you do differently when managing newly trained nurses as opposed to experienced nurses? How do you mentor new nurses?
- What kinds of patients did you deal with as a nurse? What is the typical volume of patients you handle each shift?
- Do you have solid computer skills? What programs are you comfortable using?
- Are you comfortable taking up nursing responsibilities if you are short-staffed?
Behavioral interview questions
- Give me an example of a time you improved efficiency in clinical operations. What was the outcome?
- Tell me about a difficult case you handled as a nurse. How did it help you become a better nurse and how will you use these skills to support your team?
- Tell me about a time you had a disagreement with another director. How did you handle it and what was the outcome?
- Has one of your staff received a negative performance review? What did you do about it?
- Recall a time you made an unpopular decision. How did you get everyone on board with it?
Problem-solving interview questions
- What clinical experience has been important in your career?
- What do you hope to gain from this position? Why do you want to work in this department?
- How do you evaluate your team’s performance? How often do you give performance evaluations?
- If a nurse under-performs, what do you do to motivate them?
- How do you confront a nurse who isn’t following your instructions?
- How do you deal with conflicts between team members? What are some guidelines you put into place to keep peace among your team?
- How do you keep up with changes in the field? Do you follow certain resources or attend continuing education courses?