I have an interview this week for a school nurse position and I'm answering questions posted from the beginning of this thread to get some feedback on my answers. Please let me know how I can improve on answers. Thanks!
What would you do-
If a student came to you and thought she was pregnant (middle school)
*My answer - I would work with the student and school counselor to help the student work through her feelings. I don't believe in abortion so I would have to be careful in an interview situation to show that I would support the students emotional needs.
If a student wanted a bandaid for her wrist but was obviously hiding the rest of her arm from you.
*My answer- I would ask where the wrist injury came from and ask if there were any other injuries on her arm. If she said no, I would let the student know that if she needed to talk about anything that I would be glad to listen. This could be cutting or physical abuse by another person.
If a student presented with a headache after a collision with another student in gym
*My answer- I would monitor the student for S&S of concussion for 30 minutes. If no signs, I would call parent and let them know what happened and send a list of s&s of concussion to watch for at home.
If a student presented with a few signs and symptoms of anaphylaxis but did not have a known allergy
*My answer- this depends on if I have a standing order to give Benadryl. If so and applicable, I would give Benadryl and continue to monitor patient for further s&s. I would send a note home to let parent know what occurred and that patient may need to be allergy tested.
Where do you draw the line on calling a parent or not calling.
*My answer- any injury with the head, face or neck I would call. This is kind of vague. I think it would be a case by case basis.
Why would a nurse need to sit in on a committee with a teacher, principal, social worker and student having academic issues?
*My answer- Student may have a disorder that affects learning that may require medicine or some sort of therapy.
How familiar are you with diabetes regarding pumps, injections, carb counting?
*My answer- I am not very familiar with pumps. I give injections regularly in the hospital. I am somewhat familiar with carb counting. I know that you enter carbs into the pump and it dispenses insulin to cover if needed.
Have you ever had to deal with an irate parent?
*My answer- unfortunately, yes. Typically the parents are upset with "the system" in situations. It's my job to first listen to the parents and not give excuses. Next, I would try and find a solution to the problem. If I was not able, I would definitely find out who could help them solve their issue.
Ok schooldistrictnurse, how did I do?! What do I need to improve on and would YOU hire me? Thank you for your input!