(Original post by jodietripp)
I have had an interview at Southampton uni for Child Nursing and received an unconditional offer! I also have an interview tomorrow for Cardiff uni!
Typical questions were: why do you want to be a nurse and study your particular branch, what do you think is the role of a nurse, what do you think makes a good nurse, what is the most important quality in a nurse, where does nursing take place (i.e. not just hospitals but gp, community, patients homes), what do you intend to get out of your studies, why do you want to come to this uni, what skills make you suitable for this course, what experience do you have, strengths and weaknesses, how will you manage your time, how do you cope with stress, how do you deal with criticism/authority, if you had a large amount of money to spend on healthcare what would you spend it on and why, what do you know about current nursing issues in the media (swine flu, job cuts are a good bet), what challenges affect nursing in the uk (job cuts, bad press, statistics more readily available to public), how would you cope with the death of a patient, your inspirations, your greatest achievement, why is communication important, why is teamwork important, what does confidentiality mean and why is it important, what do you know about consent, how would you handle challenging patients, what do you think is the worst part of nursing, what are your future plans.
I hope this isn't too exhaustive...better to be over prepared! They always ask if you have any questions so prepare some ready e.g. ask about topics covered in the course, placements, accomodation if stuck! Also if you have a group interview some tips may be to make sure you let others talk and also ask them what they think (this shows good team work).
The interview I had consisted of maths and english (which were quite simple), group interview and one to one interview. They want to get to know you, and they already like you or they wouldn't have asked you to interview! Be yourself and don't worry! Just make sure your clear why you want to study nursing. They expect you to be nervous so they're always very welcoming.
Tips on what to wear: No jeans or trainers! Don't go too formal e.g. a suit, just black trousers and a shirt looks good. Accessorize if you like, you can have a personality!
Good luck to all
Any questions give me a shout...I hope this helps