When interviewing a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) for a role in a Skilled Nursing Facility, the questions should aim to assess not only the candidate’s clinical competence but also their communication skills, ability to work in a team, and understanding of the patient populations commonly served in these facilities. Here are some questions that might be asked:
LPN Clinical Skills and Knowledge
- Can you walk us through your educational background and clinical experience as it relates to skilled nursing?
- How do you prioritize care for multiple patients with varying needs?
- Describe your LPN experience with wound care, medication administration, and other basic nursing procedures.
- What kinds of medical software have you worked with for documentation and patient management?
- How do you stay updated with current nursing best practices and guidelines?
- Describe your experience with IV therapy, catheter care, and other advanced procedures. Are you certified in any of these?
- How would you handle a patient who has had a sudden change in condition, such as respiratory distress or a fall?
Patient-Centered Care as an LPN
- How do you approach family education and communication in the context of a skilled nursing facility?
- What strategies do you use to manage pain in post-operative or chronically ill patients?
- How would you handle a situation where a patient or their family disagrees with a proposed plan of care?
Teamwork and Communication
- Describe a time you had to work closely with an RN or a doctor. How did you ensure effective communication and collaboration?
- Can you give an example of a time you helped resolve a conflict within your healthcare team?
- How do you communicate with CNAs or other healthcare team members to ensure consistency and quality in patient care?
Regulatory Compliance and Ethics
- How do you ensure that you are following all state and federal regulations related to patient care and documentation?
- Describe a situation where you had to advocate for a patient’s needs or rights.
- What steps do you take to maintain patient confidentiality?
Personal Qualities of an LPN
- What motivates you in your LPN nursing practice?
- How do you handle stress and prevent burnout, particularly in a high-pressure environment like a skilled nursing facility?
- Can you give an example of when you took initiative to improve a process or patient outcome at your workplace?
- Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, and how does working in a skilled nursing facility fit into your career goals?
These questions offer a comprehensive look at the qualifications, experiences, and qualities an LPN candidate brings to the role. Always be sure to tailor questions to the specific needs and patient populations of your facility.