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5 Licensed Practical Nurse Lpn Interview Questions and Answers

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Q:

What steps did you follow when registering and admitting any patient into the IT system at your last facility?

A:

A licensed practical nurse, or LPN, provides assistance to registered nurses in a multitude of departments. They complete clerical duties for their department and provide medical services for patients. An LPN that has worked or filled in for registered nurses in admissions is familiar with registering and admitting the patient into the medical facility and updating patient files in their departments. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience with patient admissions processes
  • Experience entering patient information into medical information systems
  • Experience following medical records protocol

Example:

"I collected a state driver's license or state issued ID to verify the patient's identity and collected all insurance cards if the patient was insured. Next, I entered the patient's contact, employment, allergies, known medical conditions, and the reason for admission into the information system."

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What steps did you take when conducting triage services following patient admission or emergency treatment?

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A licensed practical nurse LPN working in triage follows proper protocol to collect information from the patient about the signs and symptoms of the condition for which they need treatment currently. The nurse asks the patient a series of questions about medical conditions that could cause symptoms or progress to a worsening stage. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience performing triage services in a medical facility and emergency room setting
  • Understands protocol for collecting patient information prior to medical treatment
  • Pays close attention to details and collects vital details

Example:

"During triage services, I used a blood pressure monitor to collect the patient's current blood pressure, weighed them on a scale, took their current temperature and updated vital details in their patient chart."

Q:

Can you explain services that you performed as an LPN while working in the labor and delivery department?

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LPNs in labor and delivery departments complete physical examinations and determine the stages of labor. They collect medical information from the patient upon arrival and enter it into the electronic patient files. The nurse monitors the patient's vitals, fetal heart rate, contractions, and coordinate pain management efforts. This question can be substituted to include a more relevant department. What to look for in an answer:

  • Nursing experience in labor and delivery units
  • Works as a team with doctors, nurses and medical technicians
  • Understands labor and delivery protocol

Example:

"While setting expectant mothers at ease, I collected information about contractions, pregnancy stage and other symptoms they experienced. I checked their vitals, performed physical exams and monitored contractions."

Q:

Can you explain your role as an LPN in your previous position at a nursing home setting?

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Licensed practical nurse LPNs working in a nursing home setting record vitals and monitor patients closely. They enter any additional details about each patient when changes occur. The nurse updates each change in the patient's condition and contacts emergency services when an emergency occurs. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience monitoring vitals and medical conditions in a nursing home setting
  • Kept patient medical records updated
  • Worked closely with a registered nurse

Example:

"On a daily basis, I assessed the patient's vitals and updated their medical charts. I assisted patients with mobility issues, daily grooming, dressing and hygiene requirements. I entered information for patients as test results and informed the doctor when details were available from hospitals and labs."

Q:

What was your role as an LPN while working in a hospital emergency room and how did you assist ER doctors?

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LPNs working in the emergency room perform vital medical services and have experience working in a fast-paced environment. They act quickly and assist doctors through a medical crisis and provide medication as directed by the doctor. The nurse understands the importance of working as a team with ER doctors and staff to provide high-quality medical care for patients when an emergency arises. What to look for in an answer:

  • Experience treating patients in an emergency room setting
  • Performed vital emergency medical treatments with the assistance of ER doctors
  • Coordinated efforts with departments and prepared medical files

Example:

"In the ER, I started IVs, collected information from patients about their emergent condition and followed the doctor's orders. I coordinated with lab and x-ray departments to collect information for patient diagnosis, and I administered medication as directed by doctors."

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