Is there a Public Health Nurse in the house?

  1. I have recently applied for a public health position for the county I live in and have been accepted for an interview. I was wondering if anyone would/could give me advice as to how to prepare-what kind of questions I can expect to be asked, etc? How can I make a good impression?
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  3. by   MollyJ
    I worked in a county public health department for about 5 or 6 years. We were large enough to be departmentalized but small enough that many of us worked more than one program, so fingers in many pies. I think they were looking for broad based experience, an ability to do independent and critical thinking, acceptance of a broad base of lifestyles. Depending on your region, fluency in a second language can be a boon. I think experience with children and families can be helpful, though I really didn't have any and I learned a lot about children and families working at the HD. Nurses who "didn't make it" at our health department were sometimes stymied by the lifestyles issues. Working with people who present for HIV counseling and testing, STD treatment, teens in pregnancy prevention/birth control and high risk, often teen parenting, can present ethical dilemma that some people cannot resolve or live with. Again, depending on what program you are looking at, there is a lot of working by protocol, but you have to exercise alot of judgement on when to implement the protocol (vaccines, STD's, HIV testing, blood pressure screening all are protocol based).
    You will undoubtedly see your community and your county in a whole new light if you take the job and work for your community in this fashion.
    I also enjoyed being connected to an information system that included the state department of health and, ultimately, the CDC.
    Good luck in your interview.
  4. by   danske
    Originally posted by goldilocksrn:
    I have recently applied for a public health position for the county I live in and have been accepted for an interview. I was wondering if anyone would/could give me advice as to how to prepare-what kind of questions I can expect to be asked, etc? How can I make a good impression?
    Just be VERY honest with them and yourself. I started working for our local HD in Aug. It was quite an adjustment from geriatric/ nursing home. I absolutely LOVE this work. I do still struggle with the Family Planning/Teen sex issues, but deal with it straight on. I feel I can do more good being there and helping them, than to avoid a topic that is very much a part of our society. Our dept is so small that there are only 2 nurses, and we do anything and everything that comes through. I too enjoy the education links we have. Molly said a lot of good things. Just ask about which duties you will be asked to perform and listen to your heart. Public Health Nursing can be very rewarding.
    GOOD LUCK! Danske

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