To support you in your preparations for a School Nurse job interview SAPHNA can offer the following information:

Information on interview preparation for school nurse job

The key to a good interview is in good preparation:
• You will initially need to do some background reading about the role of the School Nurse. Key documents are available at: Relevant documents include ‘Healthy Lives, Healthy People’ (2010); ‘The Healthy Child Programme from 5-19 years’ (2010) and ‘The School Nurse Practice Development Resource Pack ‘(2006);
• The SAPHNA website is also the place to surf for all the latest news and events, resources and updates:  
• Keep up-to-date with the school nurse development programme; updates available on the SAPHNA website and ‘The RCN’s position on school nursing’ (2012) available at
• Emphasise your experience and transferable skills from your current work. You may have lots of skills in listening and communicating with parents, children and young people in different situations which will be valuable. Try to prepare some examples to show how your skills have developed and can be transferred to school nursing.
• Emphasise any personal interests, hobbies or volunteer work that may count towards relevant experience and demonstrate enthusiasm.
• If you are asked to deliver a presentation try to show you are innovative and forward thinking but at the same time realize you have skills to develop that will require support from more senior school nurses, particularly if the position your are applying for is a band 5 post
• Be prepared to mention continued professional education which may include the Bsc (hons) Specialist Community Public Health Nurse (school nurse) qualification. Interviewers will see this as ambition and a drive to continue to better yourself.
• Finally be honest and sincere. Good Luck!

Examples of Interview Questions

• What attracted you to this particular post?
Answer: include interest in public health and health promotion

• What personal qualities can you bring to this post?
Answer – give practical examples where possible: Include valuing others contribution; proactive approach; ability to be able to assess a situation and act appropriately; ability to implement and share good practice with other members of team. Liaison with multi agency staff

• What do you feel enables teams to work effectively and efficiently?
Answer to include: Good organisational skills; good communication skills; having common goals/ objectives; support/flexibility

• What is governance?
Answer to include: the importance of ensuring the quality of services through risk assessments, audit and supervision of clinical practice.

• How should a school nurse act to promote equality and value diversity?
Answer to include: respect; acknowledge others’ different perspectives and cultures; recognize that people are different; make sure they do not discriminate against others; recognising and reporting racist behaviour; challenging racist behaviour if able

• What are the current factors which influence the health of school age children? And how might you develop your role within school to promote the health of the school child?
Answer to include: present social climate; school ethics, media; Infection control; outstanding influences, peers, groups, family; drugs, alcohol, sex, poverty, deprivation, family values/ethnic culture. Include in your answer the importance of health needs assessments and school health profiles of school communities

• This question is about safeguarding
Scenario: During a one to one consultation a 13 year old girl informs you she thinks she’s pregnant. What would you be considering? What would you do?
Answer to include: Bichard and Frazer guidelines; Sexual Offences Act; importance of following trust child protection guidelines; importance of informing your manager; accurate recording in child’s health records; liaison with other appropriate professionals
Scenario: You are informed by the neighbour of a six year old child that the child is left alone in the evenings. What would you do?
Answer to include: You cannot make a child protection referral based on another person’s information. Therefore you should encourage and support the neighbour to make contact with children’s services by giving them all the necessary information to enable them to do this. Document and record your actions.