Tired of searching for CRNA Interview Questions?? Make this thread a one stop shop!!! - page 2

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I know there are so many aspiring CRNA's who are dreading the interview day. Let's make this thread the most resourceful for interviewing questions. So share interviewing questions that you had or maybe questions that... Read More

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    Please any new updated information on the interview process would be great!!
    Is there typically still a written test?
    Is there any hot topics they are focusing on?

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    I was asked a lot of Clinical questions:
    -What is precedex, propofol, labetelol, milrinone? Side effects? BP and HR changes form meds?
    -Normal numbers for PAP, Wedge.
    -Placement of pulmonary artery catheter (chambers of heart)
    -Complications of blood transfusions ?
    -EKG changes with hyperkalemia.
    -What is thrombocytopenia? Normal Platelet numbers?
    -Are there preservatives in PRBC?
    -What is an Action potential? Discuss sodium and potassium in ECF, ICF, depolarization, hyperpolarization.
    -Dead space, shunting related to alveolar oxygen exchange.
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    I have applied to Northeastern University in Boston, I haven't heard back from them yet but it has only been a few days. I am pretty confident that I will get an interview but I have heard their interview process is tough and intimidating. Does anyone have recommendations on a specific review book that could help me prepare for tough questions? My specialty is stroke ICU, I do not have any experience with swans or know much about them. I feel that hearts are my weakness area, so I would appreciate any thoughts on what to brush up on. Also, respiratory therapists manage our pts ventilators, so I also feel that I need to study this as well. Any thoughts or suggestions?
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    @ Kelly:
    A great book for hemodynamics is:

    Hemodynamic Monitoring: invasive and non invasive clinical application
    Author: Gloria Oblouk Darovic.
    Good Luck!
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    I have applied to Northeastern University in Boston, I haven't heard back from them yet but it has only been a few days.
    @KellyRNCCRN I was also invited to interview at Northeastern in Boston! Have you already been interviewed? Any tips or suggestions if you have? I'm doing everything I can think of to prepare...
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    @Kelly I was also invited to interview at Northeastern in Boston! Have you already been interviewed? Any tips or suggestions if you have? I'm doing everything I can think of to prepare...
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    Hey guys, gonna bring this forum back to life...

    I Sat for my interview yesterday. The experience was not near as bad as what I was expecting.

    I actually sat for 2 separate interviews. The first interview was with the president of the university and another head of the program. The president was a CRNA, DNP and the other was a PhD. The interview was very personal and very nonthreatening. I answered the basic questions as previously stated on this forum:

    Tell us about your RN experience:
    What about your experience makes you believe you would like to be a CRNA:
    How do you handle stress:
    What is your support system like:

    A few more questions like this. Very relaxed process.

    The next interview had to do with a patient scenario. I explained what was going on with my patient and would mention what I would do to correct certain aspects.

    When I would mention titration of a drip or anything to do with one of the medications my patient was on, I was usually asked about the cellular activity of that drug.

    For example: my patient was on Norepinephrine, I stated that the patient should be taken off of the Norepinephrine and started on Phenylephrine. The board then proceeded to ask me what I know about each drug to make me think this is the right thing to do such as Neo primarily effects alpha receptors and the patient will need to be monitored for reflex bradycardia.

    I was also asked a lot of questions regarding the hemodynamics related to my patient such as what I thought about the Cardiac index, CVP, PAP...etc and what I could possible due to fix any issues.

    After reading the forum I prepared myself for so many of the questions on Digoxin and dobutamin/dopamine...etc and didn't have any of them presented in my interview.

    Very interesting to see how different schools can interview is so many different ways
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    Can this thread be made a sticky?
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    Since this site helped me during my CRNA interviews, thought I share some of my insights from my interviews. I had one year of experience and did the whole nursing thing to become a CRNA. Most of my class had the same goal but most people never end up doing it for multiple reasons. That being said, I was surprised how much competition their is to get into a program. The first 15 mins of interview you can tell how good a program is. The rest of the time is for the interviewers to determine how good you are. The rankings of programs does not do justice to many programs. In general, I would recommend a program that is not in a school of nursing. When a program is in a nursing school, you have to meet additional MSN requirements. That basically includes taking BS classes, where you learn absolutely nothing. A program not in a nursing school has more flexibility and generally only has pertinent classes to the profession. So here is my list:


    Great program overall. Invested faculty and good facilities. Pretty large number of faculty relatively. Only concern would be traveling to different clinical sites to get required cases, especially for the main campus. Interview consist of being one on one with different faculty. Most of them asked personal questions, like why do you want to be a CRNA and what you do to relieve stress. Got asked one technical question about my last sick patient. I mentioned pressors so got asked more about NE and how it works. All the interview interactions where short and they do a great job trying to be consistent. Good integration for DNAP if your into that.


    One of the more challenging interviews. You meet with couple of faculty at a time and they ask some unexpected questions. Like what question would you ask an interviewer, the downside of becoming a CRNA, strengths/weaknesses, whats a good power point and some technical ones. Should definitely review paralyzing agents and pressors. Program overall is solid. Great faculty and facilities. My main concern was pitt itself and being in mountains and snow. Also they have residents and are trying to farm students out more. Also part of a nursing school.

    La Roche:

    Very long and technical interview. The director just grills you with technical questions. Questions range from blood gases, drugs, and EKG readings. The interview is two parts: the short part is personal questions and the long part technical questions. The program is very low key. I think they only have two full time faculty. The program is part of a hospital, which also has residents. So there is traveling for cases. Had mixed feelings about this program.

    Columbia SC:

    Definitely liked the program and city. Great faculty that really try to get to know you at the interview. The interview is very long. You get two attempts at the interview. I thought the interview was difficult. They pick out details from your application. So be ready for anything. They asked me about CRRT and totally messed up the interview. Also if you have bad grades, be ready to be grilled. They also asked multiple time about why you want to be a CRNA and never were satisfied with my answers. You are on the med school campus and get to take science classes with them.


    Decent program and invested faculty. Weired campus setting. You interview with a panel. The first question threw me off. They asked about using blood products and just got more technical after. Asked about ratio of blood products, SVO2, coags. Felt like a hematology exam.


    Decent program and faculty and facilities. It is in a school of nursing. Kind of old school approach to nursing. Good potential for clinical experience with little traveling and access to med school for didactics. Interview is with a group. They ask a range of questions, just depends on the mood of the interviewer. Got asked one technical question about PAC. Other personal questions like why you want to be a CRNA, why this program, experience, doing something bold, hobbies, previous academic stuff, and so on. Kinda of a small city with not much to do.

    Wolford College:

    Very interesting interview. Considering all things, I would really try to avoid this program. I am all for private institutions in theory, but in reality I dont know how well it works in the students favor. The program needs alot of students to meet overhead and make a profit. This can be summed up in the very large deposit they require. They definitely farm out students for clinicals. Most people that apply do so because they have specific issues, like old GRE or low GRE scores, lack of basic sciences and so on. No faculty to speak of except a former graduate of the program that looks like he just graduated. Facility wise, the building is new but kind of empty. They lack regional accreditation (they do have the CRNA school 10 year accreditation), for what ever that is worth. The interview is very low key and just some personal questions since you are pretty much in the door. I dont know how much this effects your ability to market yourself in the future for a job. If I had to consider two CRNAs to hire and knowing about the program, I would most likely go for someone who went to a better program.
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