Hello! I have an interview on Monday with NFP. I was wondering if any of you could give insight to the interview/training process or could give me a 'day in the life' scenario? I am super excited about the position as it combines my love for maternal child nursing and public health. Any insight would be greatly appreciated!
Sep 13, '15
Hey, did you get this job? Any insights now that you've been through the interview process?
Sep 15, '15
I am not sure if you have had the interview or not (looks like this might have been posted in August 2014?) but here are my recommendations as a former NFP nurse):
I am so envious! I just left an NFP Nurse Home Visitor position because my husband and I relocated. Our new home state does not have NFP.
We did panel interviews at my site involving the entire team (8 in our case). We asked questions about how you would handle certain situations in the home were you to encounter them as well as more general questions about developing strong relationships with families (because you follow them for over two years!). We did ask some questions about child development. NFP nurses in some states have undergone pilot training in certain area of maternal/child health, so you might be asked questions that are specific to those trainings.
The training NFP provides is amazing. You will not be allowed to do any home visits on your own until you complete the weeklong "Unit 2" training in Denver. Most implementing agencies pair up new and experienced nurses for the first year or so; you will likely be doing lots of joint home visits with your mentor nurse as well as other nurses at your site before you build a full caseload. Joint home visits are encouraged throughout the entire time you work for NFP if you have a really complicated case and need extra support. You will be expected to build a caseload over the course of 7-9 months, which gives you lots of time to develop a system for time management. We were encouraged to attend community-based trainings, connect with other organizations, and were required to attend an annual training with NFP nurses from the entire state (although this may vary by state).
A typical day at my site consisted of: between three and five home visits, each of which lasted 60-90 minutes. I would typically attend approximately two meetings a week, in addition to team meetings and one-on-one supervision with the program coordinator. Much of NFP is case management work; I was often on the phone with other service providers in the community to ensure that families where able to access the best care/services possible. The amount of time I spent charting depended upon the needs of each family. I worked 30 (+) hours a week and had 19 clients. Full-time nurses carried a load of 25. Some days were definitely longer than others, but in general we worked 9-5, M-F.
I loved working with NFP and was so sad to leave. It is an incredible program that serves is communities so well. Hope this helps and best of luck with your upcoming interview!
Last edit by publichealthrn87 on Sep 15, '15
: Reason: Revision
NFP sounds really awesome! There is one near me and it seems like a great place to work.
Though that can be a lot of traveling in a day.
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