I have a second interview for working with the homeless population at a shelter. I really want this job and was wondering about good questions to ask at the interview. It sounds like it is the same kind of nursing as primary care office nursing with out appointment times and a different population of folks.
I plan to do a lot of research about community resources in the area for these people among other things.
Many have addiction and mental health issues.
Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
Feb 4, '17
I work in a 21 day detox facility. Most of the clients we care for are homeless and juggling multiple mental health issues along with addiction. I've been working in this area of nursing for 5 years. Seems like the common goal for the job you're applying and mine is to improve the quality of life for these individuals and help create a path of change. I would be prepared to discuss duel diagnoses, different forms of addiction your clients will likely have, as you mentioned obtain knowledge of local resources offered, addiction treatment services and programs in the area. They will probably ask how you feel dealing with this population of people, folks who many times are battling addiction and the harshness of the streets. Bed bugs, lice and scabies are common misfortunes. In addition these folks tend to be subject to a lot of street violence and are often beat up. Also with mental health although you are in a position to help you are often the subject of others hostility. They will likely want to discuss how you feel being in those type situations. Best of luck!