Hello! I have an interview coming up in one week for a float nurse position in my local district. I would love, love, love to get hired. I've done the usual searches on job interview questions and such, I haven't been on one in a while. What do you all experienced nurses think I should know or prep before hand? Any particular questions related to school nursing? I'll be interviewing in front of a panel. I am super nervous!
Thank you all for your help!
Jul 28, '17
The hot topics now are food allergies and diabetes management. Asthma is still in the mix but has taken a back seat to those two topics. Next is the state mandated screenings...vision/hearing/acanthosis/scoliosis...immunization requirements...you don't have to quote regulations but at least have a general understanding of this stuff...parent interaction is always an important consideration...staff communication yadda yadda. Look at the district web site and get a general idea of what principal is at what campus and how the pecking order is and scour the students/parent handbook to become familiar with district policy. Last thing, don't wear scrubs
or cowboy boots to the interview. Good luck. Let us know how it turns out.
Jul 29, '17
Are you going to be THE nurse or float to backfill? I They might ask about how you would handle competing priorities at different locations. Mention collaborative relationships and how you could use technology to help foster academic success. One of the questions I received in front of a panel was how would I handle questionable bruises (we are mandated reporters). Best of luck!!! Let us know how you do.
Jul 29, '17
Will there be real nurses interviewing you, or principal-types? If it's real nurses, they'll probably ask delegation stuff, questions to see if you understand who should be making what choice (such as not letting a teacher or principal override a medical order) and in my case I was given scenarios to show my critical thinking skills (i.e. prioritizing a quiet kid with a nosebleed from a fall because that's a potential airway issue over a screaming child who has no ABC issues, that type of thing). If it's principals hiring you, just give them sunshine and rainbows (talk about being student-first, positive, teamwork, how important relationships are, etc.) Principals and teachers are clueless about nursing, so focus on what they can understand.
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