School nurses are responsible for the health and health education of school children. Nurses work with children from either a specific school or an entire district.
The following sample gives an idea of how to prepare for your interview as a school nurse.
Job Interview for a School Nurse
Question: What qualifications are important for a nurse to have?
Answer: School nurses are usually registered nurses. They must be expert at analyzing tell-tale signs of diseases common among school children of all ages. They exercise good judgment every day in deciding whether to send a child for a check-up by a specialist.
Question: Are there any desirable personality traits that a nurse should have?
Answer: Nurses are generally friendly, caring, gentle, and sympathetic. They are able to explain concepts and situations clearly, yet without upsetting patients unnecessarily. School nurses must be particularly caring and careful, since they work with children who are psychologically vulnerable patients.
Question: Do you find that communication skills are important for a school nurse?
Answer: Communication and interpersonal skills are of the utmost importance. Nurses must communicate effectively with senior medical personnel and the school staff. But they must especially be good at communicating with school children.
Question: What measure or measures do you take as a school nurse to prevent disease among children?
Answer: Most importantly, nurses keep a sharp eye out for signs and symptoms of disease or any health problems. If they notice anything suspicious they report it to parents, with a written recommendation to visit a specialist. Other preventive measures are vaccines administered at school, and health education for the children.
Question: Do you have experience working with special-needs children?
Answer: Many schools have children requiring special care. Although nurses are generally able to treat any child, some specialize in special-needs children.
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