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Questions to ask when interviewing a private duty nurse

  • How long have you been a nurse?
  • Do you have pediatric nursing experience? Have you ever worked with infants or children?
  • Do you have experience with home care?
  • What do you like about being a home care nurse? Why are you interested in home care?
  • What is your biggest challenge with being a home care nurse?
  • Do you have other job or school obligations?
  • What hours are you available to work with my child? Which days of the week?
  • How much flexibility do you have? Could you potentially be available on short notice if I have another nurse cancel a shift?
  • When could you start?
  • Do you have reliable transportation?
  • If your own child is sick, do you have back-up child care options?
  • Are you certified in the care of a child with a tracheostomy and home ventilator?
  • Can you provide me with references from other parents whose children you have cared for?
  • If you have never done home care, do you have other work references?
  • Will you be able to accompany my child to physician appointments? To school?
  • Are you willing to case manage?
  • What is the best way to contact you?
  • What questions do you have for me?

Additional questions when interviewing a nursing agency:

  • Does your company guarantee shift coverage?
  • Will I be able to have the nurses that I want? May I interview individual nurses before assigning them to my child’s case?
  • Who is available during and after business hours should I have questions or concerns?
  • What happens if I do not want a nurse to return to my home because of personality conflict or problems with the nursing care?
  • Will I be expected to train nurses in the care of my child?

Questions for a nurse’s references:

  • How long have you known_______________?
  • What is your relationship to this nurse?
  • What do you see as his/her strengths?
  • What are some of his/her weaknesses or limitations?
  • Would you recommend this nurse?
  • Would you like to add anything?
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Pulmonary care at Children’s Hospital is ranked among the best in the nation by U.S. News & World Report